Recently had adjustments to pacemaker due to palpitations and shortness of breath but no details. The tech just said they were “juicing it up”. No change to base rate which is 60 bpm. The same day I felt more alert but slightly stupid, thoughts disconnected, and next morning slightly disoriented. Since then tightness of muscles in head, transient headaches on exertion, slight dizziness, and tiring quickly. Looked up “coronary disorientation” on the Internet and read cognitive changes can be due to altered blood flow to the brain. When quiet I can feel the pulse in my head. For last five days have been checking blood pressure which has been 180-190/100-110. Age 75. Ejection fraction 38. Heart attack and two stents seventeen years ago. Complete block and pacemaker just over a year ago. Called clinic about blood pressure and told not related to pacemaker. Have telephone consultation with cardiologist next week.. When people ask “How are you?” I say “Sorry, I’m not qualified to tell you how I am. I can only tell you how I feel.” I’d like to know more about how I am.
First question: Where can I read about pacemakers and settings? I’ve been looking at posts here and people seem to be much better informed. (I don’t get printouts.)
Second question: What is other people’s experience with pacemaker alterations and brain activity?
Thanks for your help.