How to know if you should get a pacemaker?
Hi! I'm new here and need some advice.
I'm nearly 80-years-old and have been having heart problems for the last few years. Perhaps even longer, because I was diagnosed with chronic fatique syndrome 30 years ago, and now am beginning to suspect that I may have had undiagnosed heart damage going back as far as 1992.
I recently was referred to an electrophysiologist who told me that even though I don't meet the strict criteria for getting a pacemaker, he recommended that I get one because he thought it "might" improve my symptoms of fatigue and dizziness. My PCP agrees that "it might help", but this seems like a big step to take based on vague speculations like that.
My PCP says getting a pacemaker is no big deal, that it's not a major surgery and is just a routine procedure these days. I used to be very active, and back then my bicycle was my primary mode of transportation in hilly Seattle, year-round, rain or shine. Now I only get out one or two times a week for short rides to run errands. I would love to get back to my daily long bike rides. But I'm worried that I might undergo a surgery that ends up providing no benerfit, and may even result in complications that further debilitate me.
I'd be grateful for some advice.
Will in Seattle a.k.a. "That Masked Man"
P.S. I got my nickname form the respirator mask I started wearing years ago to protect me from exhaust fumes while riding my bike in rush hour traffic.