Hi. I am a concerned husband who’s wife has had a pacemaker fitted and she is struggling coping emotionally. She had a pacemaker fitted 4 weeks ago after heart stopped for a few seconds followed by a number of blackouts with a head injury once. However she can’t get her head round it and suffers from anxiety and panic attacks because she doesn’t believe it is working properly. She can’t stop worrying her heart will stop and she is going to die. My reassurances and the doctors don’t seem to be doing the trick. She is not the best at talking to people about it but is scared she’s going to pass out in public despite me being by her side.
We have set small physical goals (and achieved some of them) and talked about it together but am worried unless she makes faster progress she will lose all confidence and independence. I am running out of ideas on how to help her.