New to Pacemakers
I am a new patient recently diagnosed with Bradycardia and referred for a Pacemaker. I can't get in for an Echo until February and after that the doctors determine when they will see me and that probably won't be until March.
Meanwhile I do my best to cope with waking up 3 or 4 times a night with difficulty breathing. On my Holter test I had episodes where my heart would stop for 3-6 beats with a heart rate down to 30.
I assume this is not that dramatic since there is no rush to get me in. But I can't find answers to my main questions and so am hoping maybe someone from here can help. Will I die soon without a Pacemaker or simply continue with the discomfort and anxiety produced by a slow heart? Because I have other serious medical problems I am thinking about not getting one. I am 73 and so don't have that many years left anyway and already have a low quality of life medically.
From reading other posts it sounds like it can take a couple of years to become comfortable with one. And once it's in it's in.
Do others refuse pacemakers?