Hi there,

had a pacemaker fitted three weeks ago for sick sinus syndrome,it’s been set ar 55bpm,it’s now keeping my heart to that level and tablets are stopping it going to fast, yesterday all afternoon I experienced abnormal heartbeats, is this normal or should a pacemaker regulate those as well does anyone know?

many thanks


Unfortunately not although my pacemaker certainly helps

by Gemita - 2021-03-30 08:44:56

Hello MAZR,

I wish I could say otherwise, but a pacemaker cannot stop abnormal heart beats, it can only prevent your heart rate from dropping below the set minimum.  I note you are on medication to prevent your heart rate from going too high, so I can only assume you have an arrhythmia, although you don't give us any info in your Bio history.  

I suffer from abnormal heart beats which I call arrhythmias and lots of different ones, including Atrial Fibrillation.  I have found that for me, having my lower minimum heart rate set higher at 70 bpm helps me a great deal.  My doctor said that sometimes a higher heart rate setting may help to outpace an arrhythmia, like an atrial ectopic beat, which in my case was frequently leading to an Atrial Fibrillation episode.  Now my episodes are much reduced.

I see you are in the UK also.  Three weeks is early days and your heart is still settling down from the implant, so may be this is the problem?  It took me almost three months to get used to pacing.  Keep well hydrated in the unusually warm weather. I try to avoid caffeine and alcohol because they are definite triggers for me.   Let your doctors know however if you develop any worsening symptoms like breathlessness, chest pain, dizziness, fatigue or anything that worries you.

I hope for the best 

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