I had a pacemaker inserted and it was discovered I had a complete persistent left superior vena cava. I developed pericarditis and pericardial effusion. On the second hospitalization after the insertion the decision was made to move the pacemaker to the right side. I continue to have heaviness in my chest and some discomfort along with breathlessness and tiredness. How long before I will feel normal again with normal energy levels? I was working full time but I am now one week past the 2nd pacemaker placement and there is no way I could return to my previous level of activity at this time.
Your complete recovery will depend on many factors. Has the pericardial effusion resolved? Is the pericarditis stable, do you still have pain? Has your cardiac rhythm been stabilized? If so what is the present ejection fraction? Also, what has caused the pericardial effusion, this needs to be treated. From your symptoms of breathlessness, it appears that the cardiac output is inadequate. As your cardiac output improves, you will have relief from your symptoms. Please discuss the prognosis with your consulting doctor. Good Luck.
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