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What Has Been Your Experience with Your Pacemaker?

My dr is suggesting I get a pacemaker but I’m scared. Any of you have one & like to share your opinion? I’m 67 and get fatigued very easily. My dr thinks I would feel a lot better?

  1. I am sharing an article about living with implantable devices, i hope you find the enlightening. https://heart-failure.net/implantable-device - Clair Site Moderator

    1. I didn't have a pacemaker, but I had to have a defibrillator put in. One of our community moderators has one. She also wrote an article about it which I will attach to this response. I hope this helps. https://heart-failure.net/living/shock -Olivia (moderator)



      1. Thank you very mentioning MD
        Kimberly Connell (Heart-failure.net Team)

    2. I have had a pacemaker since 1999. I was 35. It has been a lifesaver. The surgery was easy and replacement even easier. I got a biventricular pacemaker a few years ago and have 3 leads. I went 5 years with problems before I got my initial device. At the same time I had an ablation and am 100% paced.

      1. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us, we really appreciate your openness. - Have you had any side effects from the pacemaker? - 🐝Clair, ( Team Member)

      2. I can relate I'm glad you having a pacemaker has been a lifesaver.
        Kimberly (Heart-failure.net Team)

    3. Hi: I'm both an HF patient and an RN, and I've had an implanted pacemaker/defibrillator since 2020. Everybody's experience with implanted cardiac devices is different, but mine has been pretty easy. It's important to know what device is being placed, what it's expected to do (or not do), and when you should consider calling for assistance. In my case, my AICD hasn't had to defibrillate me since it's been placed, but it has paced my heart rythyms when they've been abnormal. The pacing part is painless; the shock from the defibrillator is, I'm told, like getting kicked by a mule. No mules yet! The key thing to make this work for you will be information; the more you and your cardiologist know about how you're doing and what the device is up to, the better your life will be. It can help reduce your fatigue by making sure that your heart is beating properly, as best as it can with HF. I understand the fear; don't let it prevent you from living the fufllest life you can. Good luck!

      1. Thank you for sharing your personal experience. I'm glad to hear that you have had a positive experience with your device. Do you feel that it has helped with your fatigue? I hope so! -Lauren (team member)

      2. I was told the same thing! I been shocked 11 times before. 9 times back to back 2 on a different occasion and I personally feel you have to experience to say what it feels like. I never been kick by a mule but I didn't get that feeling. But we all have different experiences
        Kimberly (Heart-failure.net Team)

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