Visited Pacemaker EP today at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Glasgow to discuss Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy (CRT), pacemaker. This is a dual chamber, (ventricular) pacemaker. Had ecg and echo done first. Ecg shows still persistent AF and echo now showing both atria dilated due to the af. So the heart failure continues to progress. The EP also showed me an ecg from just over a year ago showing a short burst of self terminating VF. My Alivecor traces occasionally show what I thought was just noise but am now wondering if it is the bursts of VF. Will need to email the traces to the EP and see what he says. He was very interested in my monitor and initial comment when I showed it to him was "oh! you've got one of these"
He discussed the two types of pacemakers, pacing only and pacing with defibrilator. My problem is - he is leaving the choice of which one to me. Anyone have experience of either type?
After explaining the pros of both types he then explained the cons.
Pacing only :- no driving for two weeks after fitting
Pacing with de-fib :- no driving for one month after fitting plus, if the defib kicks in while driving then no driving for anywhere between six months to a year. Not a very good option since I live on a slightly remote farm and need the car to get around.
He reckons a maximum wait of three months to have the pacemaker fitted.
Would welcome any comments.