I'm back again. I'm scheduled to get my dual-chamber pacemaker replaced with a CRT-P and I'm really starting to feel scared. I have AV block, sick sinus, bradycardia (I've seen all of these at one time or another on my chart) and Grade II diastolic dysfunction. My SOB continues to be quite significant,even just sitting I'll feel short of breath. I know I need to lose weight and have lost about 8 pounds since September but still have a ways to go. I guess what I'm most concerned about is that I keep seeing "Life Expectancy" after getting the CRT-P is like 4.62 to 5 years and that has me totally freaked out. I don't want to die at 68 or 69. :(
My mind just keeps going to worst case scenario or what might go wrong.
Did any of you get put all the way out for the procedure? I don't want to be awake at all !!! When I had my first pacemaker implanted they had to go back in 8 days later to reposition one of tmyleads because it had been firing against a nerve. I was told afterwards by the Dr. that I went in to v-tach three times and each time they stopped and let my heart rest. The third time they pulled the lead completely out and waited 30 minutes before reattaching it. He also told me that apparently I'm sensitive (I think that was the term he used) because my arm was moving during the procedure when it should have just been resting on the table.
I live alone and just feel really, Really scared... and alone. My son is taking me to the hospital a little over an hour away in Bremerton as that's where my cardiologist and my EP are. It's a same-day procedure meaning I'll go home the same day. What is the recovery like? I have my pacemaker on my right because I drive a lot and didn't want the seat belt pressing on it. But it's going to be tough not being able to lift my right arm or lift anything heavy.
Anyway I just wanted to reach out hoping someone out there might be able to relate. And, thanks for letting me whine.