Panic Attack Like Symptoms
I became a proud owner of a pacemkaer in June of 2023. No prior history other than a span over four days of " fainting episodes" which ended with a period of "flat lining". (20 seconds). Overall I am in fairly good health weigh 140 lbs, drink very little, did drink caffeine. Lead an active life, but don't do a lot of cardio exercise. My initail recovery went well. I am now back to work and doing what I do. I had my check up with the pacemeaker people and they indicated that my pacemeaker was working 60% of the time on the top and 1% on the botton. My understanding is that my resting heart rate would be low. High 40's when sleeping. Would love to say that I am a superior athlete - but I'm not. I was a little taken back by the 60% but realize that my bottom level is set at 60 so anything below that would send the response correct? During the appt. he turned my pacemeake off for the moment and had me do some physical excerice and all seemed well. We disuccsed the 60 low and then decided since it is so new that I could discuss it with my catrdiologist when I see him again in Dec. My thought being maybe setting it in the 50's would be better (but I am certainly not a Dr.)
It has been a lifestyle hickup, but overall I felt that I was doing well. Then starting last week I began to have what I would describe as panic attack like symptoms (this is not a condition that I have ever had in my life). I will get light headed, start to sweat and get a metal type of taste in my mouth.) I can address the excercise and will look into meditation and perhaps yoga, but am just wondering if there is something that I may be missing medically. I actually ended up in ER and the tests all came back fine. I have a follow up with my general doctor this Wednesday. I understand this is a new piece in my body and that it may be adusting. But I just feel off!! I am a soical worker and do not minimize menatl health, but I also struggle that this has just come out of the blue.
Thoughts? I appreciate all perspectives - so give it to me as you see it. Also if you need more I am more than willing to share.
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I just want to share about the quality of life after my pacemaker, and hopefully increase awareness that lifestyles do not have to be drastically modified just because we are pacemaker recipients.