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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is there a problem with my pacemaker?

    I had a pacemaker inserted one month ago. I was told that I would feel more energetic and would be able to resume an active life post pacemaker. Before the pacemaker was inserted I was very active. I had a personal trainer at the gym and would train 3 times a week and also walked for 40 minutes everyday. For the last month I feel too tired to go to the gym and even walking a short distance (20 minutes) tires me out and I have to sit down and have a break in the middle of the walk, and then go sleep after the walk. I am out of breathe when climbing stairs (something I could do without an effort prior to pacemaker) and feel dizzy regularly. General fatigue and lethargy would be the 2 words to describe how I feel everyday after the pacemaker. Could you please let me know whether I need to perhaps have the pacemaker adjusted or whether these symptoms will disappear over time.
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    Dr Andrei Catanchin

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

    Dr Catanchin is a cardiologist and electrophysiologist managing atrial fibrillation and other heart rhythm disorders with medication, devices (ie. pacemakers, defibrillators) and catheter ablation. He … View Profile

    It sounds like you really need to see your cardiologist and have your pacemaker checked, which is usually performed 3-6 weeks after insertion. There a number of other possible explanations for your symptoms but the first thing to do is arrange review with your cardiologist.

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