Im recently diagnosed stage 2 emphysema 58% FEV1. I also have heart problems long term. Had open heart surgery in past and have both AF and Bradycardia, so now have a pacemaker for the slow rate and med for fast. I have the option of the type of pacemaker that does all the beating for me, and am put off by the concern if it stops so do I, but wondering now, would having one be better for my COPD?
I know it wont improve lung function, but wonder if it will put less strain on the heart and be beneficial in that way for helping my body cope with all the strains, excacerbations and progressive worsening over the years etc. The other thing I wonder about is, when I needed a pacemaker change in the years ahead, would my COPD make it too much of a risk?
I know none of you can answer this as such, but having your opinions and reasoning's would be a help. Finally. when I want to add to the conversation here, how do I do that please? Cant figure it out and it means I cant respond back within the conversation.