Pounding in chest, thumping feeling
Recently I had an emergency aortic aneurysm repair and aortic valve replacemetn surgery. I went in to complete heart block post surgery so they decided to implant a pacemaker. During the implant, looks like atrium signal came back and so my ventricles were set to pace according to atrium. All this was done in july (July 17th). Its been little over a month and I was feeling fine. I went to visit an Arrythmia clinic last week to see if I can use them (they are lot closer than the team which did the surgery ). They used the biotronik device to interrogate and test my pacemaker. I repeatedly told them that I do not want the logs to be deleted and no reprogramming since the original team is still remotely monitoring me. They assured me that everything was safe.
So they interrogated the device and performed the test. They told me I have 2-1 AV block. They assured me no settings were changed. However, since that evening every time my heat beats its very pronounced - almost its a thump or beating out of chest. I called them again and verified that nothing was changed. I called my device clinic from original surgical team and they also told me they do not see any change in settings.
Does anyone have any idea if this is pacemaker related or just coincidence ? I read various blogs from people who have received articial heart valve and lot of them have the "thumping/ loud heart beat" issue . Some got it 2 weeks after surgery and some after a month. For me, it seems odd that I would get it just after pacemaker test and interrogation. Also, i dont know if i ts anxiety - my blood pressure is running higher than usual although I am on metoprolol and its keeping it under check.
Can this happen if voltage settings somehow got changed? Hate to think I have to live with this for rest of my life
Update: My model is Edora 8 DR-T
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I am just thankful that I am alive and that even though I have this pacemaker it is not the end of the world.