Sleep problems?

Just checking if anyone is or has had a problem sleeping after the procedure? I have been having hard time sleeping, I sleep about 2 to 3 hours a night, and then after two or three nights like that, I sleep 6 to 7 hours. It is a vicious cycle, I feel tired and in need of rest due to lack of sleep.

Anyone else experienced this? I am also experiencing fast heart rate and I read that Plavix (blood thinner) can cause that, anyone else is experiencing this?

I appreciate any comments of suggestions that can help.

Roger A




by Persephone - 2021-05-09 13:40:14

Yes, Roger, sleep disruptions seem to be common as our bodies adjust to pacing and recover from the surgery... how far out are you from implant?  

I have no experience with Plavix but my overall higher heart rate from pacing took a lot of time to get used to, both day and night.  In my case, trying to sleep with my struggling heart prior to implant was much more difficult than post-implant once I got past the initial soreness.


by Julros - 2021-05-09 14:33:09

Yes, I struggled with sleep initially, due partly to pain, and partly because the initially settings caused my pectoral muscle to twitch. And before placement, I was sleeping 12 hours a day because of a heart rate of 40, so there was a period of adjustment. 

I  do not take Plavix, so I cannot comment on that. 


by AgentX86 - 2021-05-09 22:30:24

Insomnia is very common after surgery, or really any major life event.

Tachycardia is one of the more serious, and less common, side effects of Plavix.  It far more probable that it's just your heart settling down and getting used to being paced but if you're new to Plavix, it's a good idea to talk to your doctors about it.

Retaining water

by Roger A - 2021-05-11 10:50:56

Now I have another issue and hoping someone can shed some light on this, I am starting to retain water in my belly, my growing area as well as my ankles, does this mean the implant I had on 3/15/21 is not working? I am taking the water pills but it seems like it is not helping. I am makiing an appointment with my cardiologist today to get some answers, just thought someone here has been through the same issues.

Thank you

Start a new post

by Persephone - 2021-05-11 16:04:04

Hi Roger - this is a good question and since it's off the initial topic, you should probably start a new post in order to get other members to see that there is a new question.  You'll likely get more responses with a new post.  Unfortunately I do not have any other contribution to make to your question.

Sleep Problems

by sjrs1019 - 2021-05-28 20:31:39

I had been having sleep problems for at least a year before I had the PM implanted.  Sleep 3 hours, awake 3o minutes, sleep 1 hour then awake 2 hours and sleep 2 hours.  Busy night.  Then after my PM procedure, for the first 5 days, I slept so much better.  Thought it was because my anxiety level had been lowered but after abouut 7 to 8 days after the procedure, the insomnia returned.  Back to 4 to 6 hours of sleep and like you every now and then I get 7 or 8 to make up time.  I feel what I guess is anxiety at night.  Falling almost asleep and then waking up with chest discomfort which goes away until I start to fall asleep again.

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