rfreisi
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rfreisi, April 26,  2021  2:42pm EST

Pacemaker-induced cardiomyopathy

I'm a 79-year-old male who was in fairly good shape,  athletic and a dedicated runner until a hip replacement 15 years ago, after which I became a regular walker and worked out with weights 3 days per week.  I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in late December 2020 and my cardiologist concluded it was pacemaker-induced from my 2-year-old dual chamber pacemaker implanted to address bradycardia. He recommended Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy and a new 3-lead pacemaker. My EF was 20 at diagnosis, went up to 30 six weeks after implantation of the new pacemaker (CRT), and I'm currently in a cardio rehab program. My EF a year prior to diagnosis was 65. I'm told the new pacemaker is working. I don't know what to expect. How much can my EF improve? How long might it take? Anyone in the network familiar with CRT and expectations following it? Thanks in advance for any help.

 

RandyF

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    AHAModerator, April 26,  2021  4:18pm EST

    Good afternoon,

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with the support network. I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing this Pacemaker-induced cardiomyopathy. I hope that as you continue to interact with others on the support network, you will be able to hear their stories and experiences and foster a sense of community. In the meantime, I can share a few resources with you, like this one on Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy, or this one on Devices and Surgical Procedures to Treat Heart Failure.

    Please keep us updated on how you are feeling!

    Best wishes,

    AHA Moderator

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