So I am a63 year old female and got my dual chamber pacemaker in 2014 when I was 57. The past 19 months have been insanely stressful as my younger sister had a brain aneurysm burst, followed by a massive stroke. During that time I was making the 2-1/2 hour trip plus a 1/2-hour ferry ride (each way) running back and forth between where I live northwest of Seattle and the hospital 1 to 2 times a week. Long story but she was stuck in the hospital for 11 months. :(
Fast forward to yesterday when I went to my cardiologist and had an echo and an EKG done. My heart function is now down to 47% from 58% last year so he is sending me to see a cardiac electrophysiologist on the 28th to see if I'm a candidate for a biventricular pacemaker. The stress of the last 19 months plus a fairly significant weight gain and lack of exercise have all contributed in lowering my heart function.
My question is... Have any of you had to go from a dual chamber to biventricular pacemaker? Talk about stress. I'm really anxious about the procedure and then I just read that the prognosis for people with heart failure is bleak, with about 50% having an average life expectancy of less than five years. That was dated 2008 so I'm hoping that's not accurate. I've also read that Pacemakers implanted for slow heart rhythm restore life expectancy to normal levels but that was dated 2013. Anyway, I would really appreciate any input or insight you might have. Thank you.