Tim had ablation treatment for his abnormal heart rhythm and then several months later a pacemaker was inserted.
Initially I wasn’t experiencing any symptoms. My arrhythmia was identified during a routine health check performed by my employer. This then led to my assessment by another consultant. It was decided that I should undergo cardioversion to see if this would correct the arrhythmia.
Although I achieved sinus rhythm, soon after the procedure I experienced some dizziness and nauseas so went back to see the consultant. It was found that my heart rate had dropped from circa 80 to 40. A pacemaker was suggested at this point and I was referred to Dr Marshall.
In general I felt okay and was not experiencing any further dizziness etc. Because of this Dr Marshall proposed that I underwent ablation treatment, specifically a cardio ablation procedure to see if this would resolve the issues before considering a pacemaker.
I had the cardio ablation procedure and this appeared to also result in sinus rhythm. I had a follow up session with Dr Marshall. This did not note any unusual cardio activity. However, a few months later, I started to experience further dizziness, tiredness and nauseas; on one occasion resulting in me fainting. I undertook a 48 heart monitor and stress test with Dr Marshall. From this it was advised that I should have a pacemaker fitted.
All three of the procedures were conducted at the Priory Hospital, in Birmingham. They appeared fairly straightforward operations, and all appeared to be handled incredibly well. I was only required to stay in overnight for the pacemaker implantation and cardio ablation. The service throughout was exemplary. I was fully informed as to what was going to happen on all occasions and felt that I was in safe hands.
All of the procedures appeared to work in the first instance, so I felt pretty good after each. Obviously I needed more treatment and the cardiologists needed to go through the necessary steps before going for the more permanent and drastic measures of implanting a pacemaker. Having the pacemaker was a big change for me, as (once the sedative wore off) it was clear that I was not operating at full capacity beforehand. I had greater clarity of mind and did not feel as fatigued. It takes some time to get used to, but I am confident in the benefits it has had on my health.
The service I received was excellent; both from the Priory Hospital and from the BHRG. The consultants were knowledgeable and considerate, taking the time to see me and answer my questions. There were some post operative concerns after having the pacemaker fitted, resulting in some unusual sensation in my chest. Dr Marshall was quick to react and get me in for a check up. He has been very supportive throughout the whole process.
If I only had one criticism of the process, it would be about the lack of information available after a pacemaker implantation, especially concerning recovery, what one should and shouldn’t do, getting back to work etc. It has been trial and error for me and it could be simpler by hearing the experiences from others or by being given clearer instructions. A bit more post operative advice would be greatly appreciated.”
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