Dizziness

Hi folks!

Say, have any of you experienced continued episodes of dizziness after implant? As some of you may remember, I had an implant (my first) 4 weeks ago, but I'm still experiencing daily lightheadedness and bouts of dizziness. It's getting to the point that I'm feeling as if all I want to do is stare at a wall and I must work! My Afib is the culprit, as I continue to feel palpitations throughout the day. Actually, the dizziness comes on most when I turn my head quickly or make sudden (what I would think normal) movements.

Currently, I'm wearing an event monitor, but am reluctant to activate it as many times through the day as I'm feeling these symptoms...I'd be pushing that red button ALOT! I also had a carotid duplex, but have no word on that yet.

What can you guys tell me??

thanks bunches....john


2 Comments

event monitor

by luckyloo - 2007-07-05 11:07:15

i would push the button a lot...if they can see early on what's going on, you don't have to do that for 30 days. i took full advantage when i had mine. you don't pay any extra for the amounts of time you are pushing the button. it's one flat fee.

good luck,
luckyloo

Dizziness & PM

by Vai - 2007-07-06 03:07:23

You mentioned your recent implant, then dizziness and then Afib. The PM implant is not meant to help your afib (so far from what I have learned todate). Your dizziness could not have come from a low heart rate as your PM is set to support you should your heart rate drops too low. Your afib must be pretty intense for you to be lightheaded and dizzy during the palpitations. This is usually accompanied by breathlessness. Check with your doctor on the medications - you should be prescribed with some betablockers (mine was sotalol) or even amiodarone to suppress the afib. You should also be on some blood thinners (aspirin or warfarin) to mitigate the risk of stroke which could arise from your afib or palpitations.

I have similar problems and managing the afib is the most important criteria for you.

You should activate the event monitor and whatever it records will be of help to your doctors to help in the diagnosis. No need to be apologetic over pushing those buttons. Its a tool to help you, so use it.

I don't know what's a carotid duplex so can't comment on it.

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