A few months ago, my mom had a pacemaker installed. She was still feisty. Recently, she seems to be a different person.

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I can't tell if she is in the early stages of dementia or if there is some medical problem. I feel guilty when I leave her. I need my own life. Help!

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Is she on new medications since operation? Look into side effects. Has she been checked for depression. Medical problems can bring depression on.
She could possibly have a urinary tract infection. That is very common in the elderly, and that can cause someone to be a "different person". Or, there could be a problem with the Pacemaker, or she could be in pain and not be able to tell you???
I've also heard that it's quite common for people that have had heart surgery to go through a depression of sorts. Talk to her doctor.

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