Upper Rate Setting for Cyclist Boston Sci L131
I went in for my follow up 11 weeks after implant. I talked openly about my settings along with what some of my cyclist friends have shared with me. Dr said he normally only made 1 change at a time since one change can affect another setting. They changed my RightRate (MV) from 10 to 12. I asked about my Upper Rate which was set @ 140 (I've hit 160bpm a couple of times going hard on hills during mountain bike rides: MTB). ***Dr did say he would increase my Upper Rate to 170 also***
That being said, went on MTB ride the next day and I noticed during and analyzing after my HR would "Flatline" around 139-140. On MTB ride the terrain dictates the effort, so this flatline would only be for a minute or so.
Today, 4 days after MTB ride I went on my trainer where I could control my efforts for steady time periods (5 min on w/2 min recovery). After a 20min warm up, I did three 5m efforts @ 180, 200 & 220 watts: I use a Power Meter on my trainer) my HR "Flatlined" again @ 139-140 once I got into each effort.
Is it safe to say that my Upper Rate is still @ 140? Send nurse a screenshot to communicate to Boston Sci Tech & Dr?
The only reason I have pacemaker is due to bradycardia. All other parts of heart healthy. No meds.
You know you're wired when...
You have a maintenance schedule just like your car.
We are very lucky to have these devices.