I've officially joined the PM club!
Hi, I had a CHB (3rd degree block), and I've got my PM inserted yesterday. On the operating table, the surgeon said that he would suggest using a "his bundle" pacemaker but I could opt for the more traditional pacemaker that he said is usually for "old people".
He gave me the pros and cons: HB pacing is more accurate so it is better for my heart long term, but the cons is that the lead is more prone to failure and therefore could require a replacement sooner. The procedure for the lead replacement, could be easy if it hasn't 'set' in place, or it could involve a more serious procedure, which he said needed to be done at a different hospital later on.
Anyhow, not having researched this, and not having much time to think, I opted for a his bundle pacer. The op took 2 hrs. I remember he was testing several different spots for the lead, whilst asking about the data from someone else, forgot what it was - milivolts or something.
The pacer that I got was a medtronic, but I don't know the model number or anything else. They gave me a monitoring device to take home.
I stayed overnight at the hospital. My chest was sore, maybe more from the pressure bandage they put on to keep the PM in place. Now that I'm home and all the extra stuff removed (the cannula was annoying), I am feeling better. I was given a course of antibiotics, and I take paracetamol (acetaminophen) for the pain, although it's not as bad anymore.
I was told not to shower for 1 week or 2 so as not to wet the dressing / waterproof bandage. Not to lift the left arm higher than the shoulder for 6-12 weeks. Not to lift anything heavy for 6+ weeks.
I'm being very careful with my left arm. Every bit of movement causes a bit of pull on the wound, but it seems to get better over time.
I have heard about people here saying that they instantly feel so much better after the op. It might be early days yet, but I do not feel any different to before.
My HB was 36-42, now at rest / sleep it is around 52-60 and rest sitting is around 60-62. I might get one of those blood pressure thingy to check my heart rate just out of curiosity.
They said that my blood pressure is slightly higher than normal. It used to be normal.
Now I enter a new life with a pacemaker. I try not to think about the future PM or lead replacements. They told me I get to go first on plane queues if I showed them my PM card.
You know you're wired when...
Bad hair days can be blamed on your device shorting out.
I've seen many posts about people being concerned about exercise after having a device so thought I would let you know that yesterday I raced my first marathon since having my pacemaker fitted in fall 2004.