I had a weird episode in 2002 and found out I have bradycardia...have been thru all the testing, eeg, ekg, carodid tests, MRI, all that. At the end of it, I was told that a pacemaker would nt work and they were skeptical of medication.
Since 2002 I have lost vision in my left eye for 1/2 hour or more at a time. I experience stroke like symptoms...inability to concentrate, confusion, anxiety, etc. I lost my job as a lending officer and finance teacher due to memory loss (mainly with names, dates...words) and am at a loss as to what my problem may be. My heart rate drops into the 20's, and had a space of 2.6 seconds between beats during the halter test.
Can a slow heart beat casue these symptoms? Official diagnosis was sinus arrythmia and bradycardia with premature ventricular contractions.
Sorry to hear you are having a rough go. Bradycardia can give off some of those issues--let alone be dangerous with a pulse going into the 20s. I would seek another opinion as this is not normal.
I share your stroke concerns. I had a CVA (cerebral vascular accident) earlier this year. It has created problems with memory & recall--I very well understand how this can cause issues especially working in finance, as this is a large part of my education. My congnitave abilities had gotten worse after the event, but slowly are recovering--I have develop dyslexic typing (don't know if I spelled that one right).
Bradycardia can cause severe confusion...you're heart's not pumping enough blood up into the brain. Hopefully you can talk to a doc about this problem. I don't think this is normal.
Gee, that's awful. Why did they say that a pacemaker wouldn't work? I would make an appointment right away with an electrophysiologist, EP, an arrhythmia specialist. It sounds like you need a pacer right away! I am not a doctor but that is my opinion.
Thanks for the responses...at least my conerns are validated apparently.
The reason no pacemaker is ??? They had mentioned the fact that my heart had an "electrical misalignment"? I don't know what that means, or if that is a reason.
Anyway, I lost my finance job and haven't held a steady job since, been fired for lack of attention to detail and that sort of thing. I am trying to figure out what's wrong and if there's anything I can do about it.
Seriously, thanks for the responses. I don't have ins. but am trying to get medical help and this definately encourages me.
The confusion you are feeling may not just be the bradycardia. Has anyone given you an MRI to look for evidence that you may have had a small stroke? The symptoms you are writing sound like residue from a small stroke which often comes with a communication disorder called aphasia. Also, since science has yet to fully acknowledge the link between bradycardia and stroke, many doctors do not order an MRI.
I would have not survived had I not ultimately received a pacemaker for my bradycardia but not before suffering a stroke.
I agree with the others in urging you to immediately see an EP and hope you feel better soon.
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