Exercise & Rate Response
Hello, had my pacemaker replaced in January of this year (27F, 3rd degree heart block, based in UK), got a Boston Scientific one, had the rate response adjusted but still feel like I am getting out of breath when walking (not only on hills just out in general if trying to go fast), trying to do spin classes at the gym. I am going to see my tech next week to see if I can get some adjustments but not sure what I should ask for, am I wanting them to increase the rate response? I also have minute ventilation turned on too.
I have had a pacemaker my whole life but due to complications for last 20 years had my pacemakers placed epicardially in my abdomen and never had this issue with exercise (even waking upstairs/hills I was ok usually) I think cause of the location it was easier to sense the movement which was great but back to the “normal" location now in shoulder.
This won’t happen but I think the manufacturers/doctors/techs need to re-think if placing the devices in the shoulder area is really the best place, since as we all know most rely on movement to start to increase the rate but with a lot of exercises and daily activities you might not need to move your upper body much so the device doesn’t respond well. When pacemakers we’re first introduced it was mostly for older people who probably were very sedentary and didn’t notice the rate response but many younger and active people need them now and want to continue their sports and exercises, frustrating sometimes ☹️😋
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Hi, I am 47 and have had a pacemaker for 7 months and Im doing great with it.