New Pacemaker - What Qs would you ask?
I'm a 52 yo female, avid distance runner (marathons and trail ultras) and casual CrossFitter. I'm scheduled for pacemaker implantation next week to address sinus bradycardia/sinus pauses with a competing junctional rhythm, plus a marked first degree AV block. A treadmill test revealed a possible left bundle branch block, as well. A holter monitor also showed evidence of SVT, but those readings apparently came at the end of my long runs so my cardiologist wants to reevaluate those after pacemaker implantation.
I was definitely the frog in the slowly boiling pot of water when it came to symptoms. It took me a long time to convince myself that fatigue and dizziness weren't imagined and that I wasn't just being lazy on my runs.
I will still have the chance to ask more questions prior to surgery. If you were at this point, what would you ask? Anything in particular about the type of pacemaker, initial settings, etc? I do know the cardiologist plans to place a LBB pacing lead, but not many more specifics.
I'd love to get back to running as soon as possible, but obviously want to balance that with doing what's best for the long term. I figure the more info I have, the better.