2 Days Post Implant Questions
Hello. I am new to the "club" as of Tuesday. I have always had a slow heart rate - was always asked if I am a runner. (I was a runner for about 10 years from 43 years old to 53 yrs old.) My resting heart rate was typically in the mid to high 40's. Over the past few years, I am now 57, my resting heart rate has dropped to mid to high 30's. Have been feeling light headed, tired and brain fog for a while and my cardiologist gave the green light to move forward with pacemaker letting me know it may not make a difference.
My pacemaker is currently set to 60 bpm as low. Pre-implant 60 - 70 bpm was my rate when causally strolling, etc. I just took a walk last night and this morning and my heart rate was high - 90's and even up to 101 which typically doesn't happen unless I am walking at a fast rate. Is this typical that my heart rate will increase so much with activity now with the pacemaker? Will my max heart rate be much higher than the usual 150 bpm during high intensity work outs?
I have been reading posts and comments and it seems that many times it helps to have the pacemaker adjusted. How do you know if it needs to be adjusted?
The past two days I have felt like my heart is racing and breathless. Is this typical post surgery?
Thank you for any clarity and advice.