Pacemaker and stairs or hills
40 years old, Medtronic pacemaker for 3 years now, implanted for low heart rate (30-50 bpm), very active before PM, PM adjusted multiple times to continue active lifestyle
I think my upper and lower limits are set appropriately, as is my rate response. I don't have any trouble with exercise, walking, or running. But I get shortness of breath even walking up stairs or a small hill. My family likes to hike and I experience significant heavy breathing and I have to go sooo slow. As in, my 7 year old with his short legs is much faster than me. I hate holding everyone back but I especially hate it being so much work. I literally feel like I am pushing a wall trying to get up hills. My heart rate isn't concerning to my doctor and the Medtronic tech says there is nothing that can be done.
My question is has anyone else had issues with Medtronic in these situations? Does anyone have a different brand and experience no trouble hiking? Do you think it would be worth asking about getting a new brand? I would definitely need insurance to approve it and I don't know if that's realistic. But I hate the thought of my pacemaker continuing to limit the lifestyle and memories I want to make with my family.
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I'm 44, active and have had my device for two years. I love it as I can run again and enjoy working out without feeling like I'm an old man.