BRADYCARDIA

I HAVE ONLY RECENTLY BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH THE ILLNESS(3WEEKS) AND SEEING A CARDIOLOGIST SOON.I HAVE HAD 1 EKG AND ECHO AS WELL AND FORTUNATELY OR NOT MY HEART IS IN GOOD SHAPE OTHER THAN LOW PULSE,44 TO 55.mY CONUNDRUM IS THAT THE TECHNIIAN HAS STATED THAT A PACEMAKER IS UNLIKELY SINCE I AM OTHERWISE HEALTHY.THE LEVEL OF FATIGUE THAT I COPE WITH IS ALMOST UNBEARABLE;THIS IS VERY NEW TO ME AS I WAS AN ACTIVE GUY EVEN THO RETIRED AND WORKED A PHYSICAL JOB MY ENTIRE WORKING YEARS.I NEED TO PERSUADE THE CARDIOLOGIST TO RECONSIDER THE TREATMENT.BY THE WAY CAUSE AT THIS POINT IS UNKNOWN.


5 Comments

Problem

by doublehorn48 - 2022-06-23 16:34:05

The cause at this point is unknown. That, to me, is the reason they aren't pushing for a pacemaker. If it's like my case, the doctors didn't mention a pacemaker until they knew what was causing my drop in heart rate. My opinion is you need to go somewhere that will do the tests to find out the cause of your slow heart rate. All that physical work you've been doing has made your heart a lot stronger.

Good luck.

coping

by new to pace.... - 2022-06-23 17:21:38

What illness.

After a stress test, echo and wearing a heart holter.  Showed slow heart beat and missed ones said i needed a pacemaker.  No other problems.  

Suggest to your dr. you would like a stress test, and to wear a heart holter .  Should show what is going on.Because i have bad knees did not go the treadmill route.

Doing well now.

new to pace

 

Bradycardia (slow heart rate)

by AgentX86 - 2022-06-23 19:23:18

This is a description not a diagnosis.  As said above, your doctors have to get the the bottom  of the problem.  Many people live quite well with heart rates that low.  I did for many years.  Your lethargy is far more worrying.  They're probably related but the causal arrow isn't obvious. Your low heart rate could be causing your fatigue or it's entirely a third issue is causing both.

The technician isn't helpful.  Just because you're "otherwise healthy" (how does he know?) doesn't mean that you don't need a pacemaker. 

I didn't want to scare you but having a pacemaker isn't a big deal. Just have your cardiologist figure out what's wrong and fix it.  You might need an EP (electrophyiologist) to get to the bottom of an electrical problem. Cardiologists are plumbers. For electrical problems, call an electrician (EP).

Please fill out your  profile.  It helps us craft a reponse to your questions. Your hardware, condition, and even your location matters.  We have a lot of Brits and Yanks, as well as some from around the world, here.  The answers are quite often different for the same question. Things are done differently.

Pacemakers for bradycardia--yes, even for people with healthy hearts

by Gotrhythm - 2022-06-25 14:34:33

The technician was mistaken in telling you that "being otherwise healthy" means you can't get a pacemaker. It doesn't. Although some have a pacemaker because of heart disease, many, many Pacemaker Club members are very healthy, in excellant physical condition, and except for arrythmias (bradycardia is just type of arrythmia,) have healthy hearts.

When it comes to arrythmias, sometimes the cause is known and treatable, but very often, a specific cause cannot be found. I remember being very puzzled and confused, and frustrated that no doctor could tell me what had caused my bradycardia, since every test, EKG, echocardiogram, even cardiac catherterization, showed a normal heart.

What Agent86X says about seeing an EP is right on--especially since tests are showing your heart seems healthy. An Electrophysiologist is a cardiologist who specializes in heart rhythm disorders, like bradycardia. An EP is the person who can determine if you need a pacemaker.

I wish I had understood the difference and had seen one sooner. I understand just how bad a too slow heartbeat can make you feel, and I wasted time and money being told "nothing" was wrong with my heart.

 

 

 

also otherwise healthy

by Lavender - 2022-06-25 16:55:51

I passed every heart test and many others with flying colors and still take zero meds. 

Then a 30 day heart monitor caught what all the other tests missed...I had "ventricular standstill" which is rather rare, but was pausing my heart. 

I think it would be easy to at least wear a 30 day monitor to see if it can catch any reason for your brady. There is nothing else wrong with my heart other than the electrical system. My ejection fraction is now normal. The echo, stress tests, EKGs etc reported out fine and I was always released with no diagnosis. My problem was a sneaky one. They could not just slap in a pacemaker because no insurance would cover that without proof. 

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