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Is it possible to remove a new pacemaker
I think there has been a huge mistake. I'm 57 y/o female, good weight (bmi 20), good health except I have ALWAYS had a very low resting heart rate and b/p (35 bpm, 95/54 in early morning & sleeping). I fainted at home a few weeks ago (I think from dehydration) and my husband called 911. My 1st clear memory is ICU 3 days later with a doctor saying sign a consent for a pacemaker or I could die. Obviously, I signed. A week later, I had emergency surgery for a dropped heart lead. I now have chronic shortness of breath, chest pain and can't even laugh without gasping. I truly think I don't need this thing in my chest. Is there an agreed procedure for proving it (like turning the damned thing off)? There is NO cardiac history in either my or my family's history. Thanks.
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The recommendation for a pacemaker is *never* lightly made, and--unless you are an exceptionally trained athlete--your heart rate was in fact too low.  Ordinary people do not faint from dehydration, but they do faint when their blood pressure gets too low to keep them conscious, and that happens when the heart rate is too slow to send oxygen-carrying blood to the brain.  Do not kid yourself about this.

I would suggest you make an appointment with your cardiologist to discuss the symptoms you are now having, which do not sound good.  I think you need another cardiac workup to find out how both your heart and your pacemaker are functioning--before you even think of having the pacer removed.
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