procedure confirmed

Hi everyone, 

Just to check in, I have had my operation confirmed for January 21st at Great Ormand Street Hospital. On the 12th of January they would like me to do an exercise test, apparently this is a normal thing before getting a new pacemaker, I never knew this? 

Im feeling quite positive about this as I'm sure getting the new pacemaker will help a lot, 



Excellent news !

by Gemita - 2021-01-01 12:10:15

Dear Hayden,

That is excellent news to get confirmation of an early procedure date, especially with hospitals being under so much presssure in London and the south east due to Covid-19.

I did not have an Exercise Echocardiogram prior to my dual chamber pacemaker implant, but I did have a range of other tests, including chest X-ray, bloods, Electrocardiogram, Echocardiogram.  

Perhaps they want to put your heart under stress to look for any rhythm disturbances, to see how your heart works during physical activity because exercise makes your heart pump harder and faster.  A stress test can show any problems with blood flow or point to any potential arterial blockages. It will check your heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, how tired you get.  For example a Stress echocardiogram picked up my husband had a major blocked artery and this may have saved his life.  No doubt you will have a clean bill of health, but it will give them so much information and perhaps help them to make the necessary settings for your pacemaker too which will be valuable for you.

Good luck Hayden



by Aberdeen - 2021-01-01 18:33:36

Good luck! Let us know how you get on. Happy New Year!

Good Luck!

by Janessa - 2021-01-02 02:46:19

hope all goes well. i had to do an exercise test before my pacemaker implant aswell and i always dread getting all hooked up to the wires haha. it's nice to see another teen on here! 

anyways, all the best :)

Thank you!

by PacerPrice - 2021-01-02 07:53:03

Thank you everyone,

I will let you all know how the procedure goes when it's done. 

im sure having an exercise test before is normal but I just overthink everything when they ask for more tests so that's on me :),


thank you 

Hayden x

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