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Old 06-24-2012, 09:50 AM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Wednesday morning I passed out while talking on the phone. I got in the bed where it happened again. I called ambulance, EMT said I had complete heart block, went to hospital where they were prepping me for pacemaker when I felt chest pain and jaw pain. They popped nitroglycerin under my tongue and took me for angiogram. No blocked arteries. Next day pacemaker put in.

I'm so struck by how random and quick it all was. No other symptoms that I can think of. My heart rate was 30 which is less than half what it should be.

I had some questions nobody could answer.
1- can I expect changes, like more energy, less fatigue?
2- anyway of knowing if any damage was done?
3--am I more likely to have heart attack?
4- do I now have heart disease?
5- What really causes conductivity problems like this to happen?
6- does being 65 female, overweight have anything to do with it? i've read that little kids get pacemakers so I'm confused.

Thank you.
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:14 PM
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Presumably you'll talk to your Dr.? He/she will tell you if there was damage, you KNOW being overweight affects it, I would think you should still be in the hospital if you just had a pacemaker put in?
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:12 PM
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Hubby's had his pacemaker for 6 years now....it makes him feel better than he'd felt in ages! His hear rate dropped to 26 per min....the nurses kept calling a code blue on him because his heart rate dropped so low. He has better color and more energy than in years.
If you need a pacemaker, get it. All it does is supplement the natural pacemaker that your heart has lost.....it won't prevent a heart attack!
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:35 PM
Location: Florida
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NO kudzu.....
You NEED to take a good Magnesium supplement.
In fact a good mineral supplement would be good. But make sure it has sufficient magnesium.

Most degenerative diseases are due to vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

30 years ago I was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Prolapse.....
I took Magnesium every day...
Guess what ----
NO more problems.....Doc can't find any symptoms at all. Not one in 5 years time!

The medicos would have been happy$$$ to do a valve replacement.
They are also delighted $$$$ to install pacemaker$.
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:38 AM
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You need a cardiologist!

He/she can answer all of your questions and monitor the pacemaker. (Didn't they give you instructions after you were seen in the hospital? Read them.)

Please, see a cardiologist and don't rely on medical advice from a forum on the internet. You should also ask him/her if there are so-called "heart healthy" classes you can attend. A good one will cover a variety of topics such as driving, cooking, weight loss, exercise, etc. Good luck. Follow up with your doctor!
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