Posted by: Concerned mother | 2013-02-02

Sick sinus syndrome and pacemaker

My son (27) received pacemaker 4 months ago after repetitive black outs for nearly 20 days. It is as if he had a personality change - he is like a defiant 18years old and makes horrendous decisions. No one can believe it is the same person. Is it possible that he got brain damage in that time. Please help!!!

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Dear Concerned Mother

I am sorry to hear your son needed a pacemaker at a young age. After repetitive blackouts over a period of three weeks it is possible that he suffered some brain damage, but his “personality change” after the pacemaker may simply be a psychological reaction to having a pacemaker at a young age. It would be a good idea for him to be seen by a neurologist and if necessary a psychologist so that the problem can be sorted out. A lot will depend on how long he remained unconscious during each of his blackouts.

I hope things go better for him.

Best wishes, JT

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