Pilot, Parent & Pacemaker RecipientI am a 44 year old otherwise fit and healthy 44 year old pilot, parent and recent pacemaker recipient. On our first day of holiday in Sweden I woke up at 4 in the morning feeling something was wrong. Felt very weak and my heart was beating very slow and heavy in my chest.
Paramedics arrived very swiftly and found my pulse to very slow and rushed me off to hospital, on arrival I had about 30 BPM and then while the nurse was checking me out it dropped to below 20 and I felt myself slipping away. After and EKG and an echo cardiogram the cardiologist informed me that I had third degree heart block and that the only treatment available was a pacemaker. A third degree what I said, this was complete news to me as I was water skiing only 3 days before and otherwise fit and healthy.
At first I went through the why me phase and more recently have been rejoicing the miracle that is a pacemaker and started a support a blog (http://pacemakersupportgroup.ning.com/) to both help me through sharing my experiences and hopefully help other in a similar situation.