New to the Pacemaker Club

Just had a dual chambered pacemaker installed on 8/22/22. Other than being sore I have experienced heart flutters usually 4 to 5 times a day. But I have so much more energy and not tired all the time. Hopefully the heart flutters will go away in due time as my body adjusts to the PM. Glad to be on here with others who share stories about their experience living with a pacemaker. 


Heart Flutter

by Theknotguy - 2022-08-24 15:11:16

Your pacemaker may not be able to do anything about the "heart flutters".  However you can start working with your EP and cardiologist to find out what kind of heart flutters you have and if there is something that can be done about it.  

Spouse had bad afib.  They ended up putting in a pacemaker then going in and ablating the AV node.  Stopped her afib from giving her trouble.  

I'm on my second pacemaker and doing great.

Glad to hear you've been getting along so well.

Hello💗(love that beating heart)

by Lavender - 2022-08-24 15:25:02

I'm glad you're posting and well enough to share what you've been through. Not a fun adventure but definitely a lifesaver!😜

I am wondering if your heart flutters are PVCs? I had a lot after my device was implanted as my heart was complaining about having leads screwed in there. I still get them but not as much! 

I was used to a very laid back heart that was slowly beating when it felt like it- until I got the pacemaker! The first month it was like I was high on caffeine and beating like a wild drum in there. They turned it up so the leads could spark better while they were settling in. After that month, they turned it down to 60. Ahhhh I no longer felt like I was running a marathon at top speed and more settled. 

In any case, write down when they happen and when you go for your pacemaker interrogation, they might be able to see in the report what was going on at that time. 


by Kellygirl - 2022-08-24 18:10:20

We are beginning this journey together, I had my pacemaker put in on 8/19. I immediately lost my shortness of breath, I can go up my stairs now without gasping. I too have little flutters and soreness and I'm looking forward to my first appointment where they can check/adjust my pacemaker. I've still got some swelling (can't see my collar bone yet), but every day it gets a little better. I already find this group so supportive and informative. Wishing you the best. 

Thank you!

by ibcline - 2022-08-24 19:45:28

Thanks everyone for taking the time to give me advice. Greatly appreciated!


by AgentX86 - 2022-08-25 16:43:57

You're a little vague here. Did you have these flutters before your implant or after?  If before, the pacemaker itself is unlikely to get rid of them.  If after, there is a 90% (or greater) chance they'll go away on their own. 

Hearts often get pi$$ed off after any surgery and it migtht take a little while for it to settle down.  Add to this normal response to an invasion, it's not used to being paced differently that it was and, in particular, artificially.  After a short while the heart settles down and gets into its new normal and these arrhythmias go away on their own.

It's entirely possible that you're just hyper-sensitive to bumps in the night now.  Before you just blew off an unusual heartbeat as a burp or it didn't even register.  Now, everything that happens to you rings alarm bells.  This, too, will at least be minimized over time, if not go away entirely.


by Bethypoo - 2022-08-28 13:22:49

Thanks, ibcline for posting about having more energy. My PM gets implanted tomorrow and I am so hoping for increase in energy level!

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