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I was a bit stressed at work in July last year and had some palpitations so got a 24 hour ecg after being told to by my wife. GP said she was referring me due to long pause of 5.7 seconds at night. 2 months later i saw the cardiologist and he said i was on the waiting list for a pacemaker which i just couldnt believe as a young(ish) 36 year old and pretty naturally fit guy. had a 3 week monitor and that showed 8 second pauses at night and the first 3 doctors i saw said i need a pacemaker. on the day of the procedure (10 minutes before having it done with a canular in ready) i asked the guy who was doing it (new doctor) whether he would have it done and he said probably not but was very happy to do it! I was out of there like a shot and he phoned me as i was on my way home to say he was referring me to a doctor in Middlesbrough who specialised in wireless pacemakers. Saw him on Friday and he said I don't need a pacemaker and my heart just has an 'impressive' pause at night, responds well to exercise and is fine during the day. Seeing him in 3 weeks for more tests to confirm this. Anyone else heard of this kind of difference of opinion? Needless to say, I don't want a pacemaker!
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