Heart Block and Pacemaker
Hello all! I recently found this place and this is my first post. I had some questions and thought you all might be able to point me in the right direction.
TLDR - Will a PM make a big difference in my 3rd degree heart block?
I am a 43M, I was diagnosed with 3rd degree congenital heart block at age 36. This is after spending 4 years in the USMC infantry, doc could not believe I was accepted to military service, or that I kept up. I wore a holter for 72 hours after diagnosis and my avergae pulse came in at 38 bpm. Doc stated all the lit said he should install a PM rght then and there, but there was no real evidence for that diagnosis, and based on not having any issues to that point he wanted to avoid surgery. He also said based on my age I would have several battery changes which is even more surgery/risk.
Since then I have been doing check ups with Echocardiograms to monitor heart size. He is also monitoring for other symptoms. Tired, lack of energy, fiainting, poor fitness, etc.
My questions have to do with what makes sense in my spot regarding getting a PM.
Am I tired? Yes, but is that because I am 43, out of shape and I have 2 kids under 6, or because of my heart block?
I am out of shape, and getting back into it seems tough, but agian, heart block or just 43 and out of shape?
Will a PM make a big impact in these areas, or will I go through a major surgery and still feel the same after?
I also hunt and back pack, as well as SCUBA dive, will my ability to do these be impacted by a PM?
Have any of you all been where I am at and then got the PM? How much impact did it make?