What to expect in recovery?
I am an active 68 year old woman who received an emergency PM implant 5 days ago for a complete heart block that developed very quickly. My heart rate was 36 in the emergency room and I had significant shortness of breath with minor exertion for 3 days prior to hospitalization. A minth ago, I had a calcium ct scan which was fine and an echocardiogram to monitor my mitral valve, which has been stable for years. I was feeling very pleased with my cardiac health. I was so shocked that I developed such a significant issue so quickly and am still trying to process whar happened to me.
After surgery, the cardiac team repeatedly told me that I was going to feel so much better with the PM. I don't know what the timeline for "feeling better" will be. While my resting heart rate appears to be fine, I have had rapid heart beat with minor exertion (110) - like walking across a room. I go back to the cardiologist on Monday for a wound check and hope to be able to have the fast rate assessed. Any advice regarding this?
I am very much missing yoga, acupuncture, and my tens machine that I have used for many years to cope with athritis and neuropathic pain. I was told not to do any of those at least until the 6 week mark. The Medtronic rep said they could do an in-office assessment of the tens impact on my PM afer 6 weeks. So, will see on that. Does anyone do yoga with a PM? Acupuncture?
Thanks for any advice. I am very glad to have found this site...Am feeling emotional and quite alone, despite the support of family and friends.