All about life with heart pacemaker
Dear Sir, — I am writing this because I do not want anyone else to be in the terrible position I am now in.
Twenty nine years ago I had a heart pacemaker implanted under local anaesthetic to help deal with palpitations. The cardiologist led me to think it was in his words “no worse than having a tooth filled”.
He never told me about the pain I would feel in the pacemaker pocket or about the battery life — it would need replacing in about eight to 10 years’ time, which required another operation. He never told me how invasive the pacemaker interrogations would make me feel or that the rubber covered leads from the pacemaker to the heart would in time deteriorate and become impossible to remove, needing new leads to be introduced alongside the old leads.
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