On 29 July I went into hospital (in UK) for an ablation to treat palpitations, pre-syncopal events and angina - a one-day in hospital and take it easy for a couple more days before heading back to work kind of deal.
The 29th was a Wednesday, I did indeed leave hospital the same day, the following day was OK. On the Friday morning I went bat-shit crazy and was hospitalised locally. I was discharged a few hours later when they had decided I hadn't had a heart attack and went home.
I went indoor around 1700 feeling a bitjaded but still walking and talking. I turned out a couple of hours later and could barely get down the street, I had not an ounce of breath in me. I wasn't keen to go to hospital but eventually did so on the Sunday morning.
I was told I had heart block and would need a pacemaker. As a formerly healthy guy this came as a very nasty surprise.
The pacemaker was duly fitted on the Tuesday afternoon and I was dicharged on the Wednesday - actaully put in a wheelchair and wheeled off the premises...
On the Friday I still couldn't walk and was re-admitted as a potential heart attack. It wasn't so they decided it was Prinzmetal angina - a bit of a leap as I didn't have chest pain but what do I know. I was put on Amlodipine. It seems Amlodipine triggered pre-syncopal events about an hour after administration on the Sunday and Monday.
On the Monday the pacemaker was 'tweaked' because it was apparently set up for a much older person, I am 60 and active.
I discharged myself on the Monday evening when I discovered I had the nurse from hell 'looking after' me, I think she had taken something.
I revisited the hospital on the Wednesday to have the pacemaker adjusted again. The technician said the pacemaker was running only 15% of the time, down from 87% on the Monday.
I can't get current data. My thinking is that if the pacemaker is running at such a reduced rate it should come out. The technician said there is good conductivity from top to bottom of heart but top going too fast. I do have occasional 'runs' at around 150, up from around 85. He said they would use drugs to control the rate of the top of the heart and pacemaker to prevent it stopping, which is what has happened. After a visit to A&E on Sunday I am back on Bisoprolol, off Amlodipiine.
I feel abused, I went into hospital neither expecting or wanting a pacemaker, now needing one. I now have this junk in my chest, wires in my heart, no-one at the hospital wwants to talk to me about removing it, or even giving me the data. The Medtronic app is blocked by the NHS so I can't see my own data which is a bit Orwellian.
Consultant now talking about ablating another node, pace & ablate - more agonising butchery. Christ was it painful, and what is with the electric shock treatment at the end?
Any reason I shouldn't feel raped. My business is shot and I would rather walk off a cliff than endure this junk in my chest. Medtronic don't answer technical queries.