Doing too much?
My name is Charlie, age 62, live in Nor Cal an hour east of Stockton, Sierra foothills about 1500 ft. I just found this website yesterday and joined.
I had an ICD installed on Saturday 17 May 2008. If was kind of an emergency since I fainted on Thursday. Actually my heart stopped for 6 seconds. I had a heart monitor on because I had fainted three weeks prior. From the monitor my heart was tachy/brady before I passed out on Thursday.
The Dr had me on 50 gm Metoprolol ER [generic for Toprol] for about a week before the second faint. Since the ICD install,l he has had me on 100 gm Metoprolol.
I came home the Sunday after the implant and was off work last week. I have been doing light chores around the house, yard and garden. I have been walking on level ground but when I try to walk uphill, I get light headed and/or winded and have to pause for a small rest and can then proceed.
Generally I feel good. The surgery is healing well. I sleep as well as can be expected and am eating good.
Last Friday, 23 May, I had a Dr appointment and he released me for office work but not to drive. I am a civil engineer and spend most of my time at the computer or plan checking. The factory rep was there and tuned the ICD. I am not sure that I got all the information on what he did but as I understand it he lengthen the PM portion response time from 150 milliseconds [ms] to 300 ms to allow the lower chambers of the heart to contract naturally. And looking at the output, at rest sitting in the office, the lower chambers were contracting naturally.
Since the tune up I have felt light headed from time to time. There events are after going up a flight of stairs or doing some yard work. They pass by just standing and resting. If I stay on level ground.
I was wondering if the light headednedss is normal or usual after an ICD implant? Should I rest more, the ICD has only be in 9 days. Am I doing too much and should I take it easier? Or should the ICD eliminate the light headedness? Or does it take some time to balance the heart and the ICD??