Pacemaker settings for sports and fitness
Hi, I am a 56 year old male that is a life long runner and cyclist. I am due to have a pacemaker implanted in 3 weeks. The whole saga started about 6 months ago and I have had 3 ablations to successfully treat atrial flutter and AFIB. I have also been diagnosed with sinus node dysfunction, ie slow conduction. I had one black out episode when I transitioned out of AFIB, and was told that this condition would likely get worse even with the AFIB successfully treated. Also have cardiomyopathy, a slow resting heart rate that is between 35 and 40. Heart rate has always been this low and was aware of it when I was in my mid 20's and using a HRM back in the 1990's. My question is what heart rate should the pacemaker be kicking in? I do get the odd dizzy spell when I get up and move around after sitting at my desk, also notice that I get unusually breathless when I start to walk stairs etc, it takes a while to get going, once I'm up to steam I'm fine and can go all day. Also my heart rate maxes out at about 140, will the pacemaker allow it to beat higher?
You know you're wired when...
You make store alarms beep.
I am just thankful that I am alive and that even though I have this pacemaker it is not the end of the world.