age is not a reason not to have pacemaker
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As you may know, hydrochlorothiazide
is a thiazide diuretic
. It would not only cause the loss of fluids but would also potentially cause the loss of some electrolytes including low levels of both sodium and potassium.
Electrolyte disturbance (particularly potassium) can cause heart rhythm and rate abnormalites and decrease in sodium levels can cause lightheadness, nausea
, decreased level of consciousness, malaise
It is possible that your doctor advised the discontinuation of the diuretic because she thought that the electrolyte and fluid loss resulting from its use may be contributing to whatever symptoms you are experiencing.
Pacemakers can be inserted at any age and the main contraindications to its use (reasons cannot be used ) are: (1)infection at site where to be inserted, (2)systemic infection,
(4)on oral anticoagulation,
(5)severe lung disease
Age is not normally a contraindication.
It is quite possible that your doctor discussed your symptoms and signs with a cardiologist who suggested the change in medication.
if you are still uncertain you can still ask your doctor for a referral to a cardiologist.
I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions