Do I need a pacemaker? - page 2

To make a long story short... seven years ago I began to have frequent episodes of tachycardia, just out of the blue and unrelieved by rest or meds (beta-blockers, ativan-because I was originally... Read More

  1. by   nimbex
    I am a CCU nurse for 6 years. If you exercise like you have said, than your resting HR is beyond beautiful..... it shows a strong left ventricular output , good ejection fraction which allows your heart to rest at a low beat per minute. Cardiac output is HR x stroke volume. If your heart is strong (good ejection fraction) than your heart rate will naturally slow, to give your diastolic filling more time, which perfuses your coronary arteries an extra long time.

    This is the goal of every cardiologist who prescribes beta blockers. you've done it with exercise....!!!!!!

    Have doubts, and you should with such questionalbe advise.... demand an echo. This will tell you your ejection fraction and filling pressures. from here, any cardiologist..... who would be giving you that pacemaker could make an educated decision on.

    AKA, see HR's in the 30's with MI's that resolve on their own, without pacemakers, this include 80 year olds that do justfine.... as long as they are asymptomatic

    get a cardiology opinion.... and keep up the exercise... let us know
  2. by   Anagray
    I'm not a pro, but i agree - for a young person in shape 40s resting is fine. Many people have PVCs and live with it just fine.
    Also, when u had tachycardia, how far did your heart rate go up?
    There is a big difference between having episodes of 120s and having episodes of 160s.
    If you have heard disease in your family, find out what it is. Keep the check-ups like the others advised.
    good luck!!