Base Rate and Rest Rate Settings
As a larger athletic person, I've always had a lower than average resting heart rate. When I got my pacemaker in August, they programmed it for a base rate of 60. I thought, that's fine, let's just let it go while my heart gets adjusted to having a PM. Later I determined the PM (St Jude/Abbott Assurity) also has a Resting Rate feature that is disabled. After a 30-day interrogation I see that my atrium is being significantly paced, about 25% of the time, but virtually only at my base rate. My SA node and atrium don't really have a problem and shouldn't need so much pacing. They just naturally want to run slower.
I spoke to my EP about this this week and he agrees that this is more pacing than needed and that I could benefit from having the rest mode enabled. There is also a benefit in saving battery life if there is less pacing.
I'm looking for comments from others who've been in a similar situation. Do you have your rest rate feature enabled, and at what rate? Did you also have your base rate lowered or leave it as is? I hope to learn from your experience before making some tweaks. Thanks.
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Yesterday was my first day mountain biking after my implant. I wiped out several times and everything is fine. There are sports after pacemakers!