Pacemaker setting recommendations
Hi! I'm a pacemaker newbie. I'm 41 and had my pacemaker implanted 2 weeks ago for Mobitz type 2; I really haven't had many symptoms but this is the second EP to tell me I needed one and I finally decided to get the darn thing. I have passed completely out about 5 total times in my life, usually in reaction to pain or to eating bulky food. I've worn monitors several times, and each time they caught blocks lasting 2-4 seconds--maybe about 3-4x/week, so not super long. The fainting occured at times when I was training for full marathons and my resting heart rate was in the 40s. I am still active and run, do cardio, weights, etc., just gave up on the full marathons. My EP was anticipating that I would use my pacemaker less than 1% of the time but at my first interrogation today it says it's going at 18%. They turned the low setting down to 50 bpm from 60 bpm. I don't like the idea of the pacemaker going when it's not required. Is this just part of the waiting game to get the settings just right? I won't be going back in for another 3 months. I know everyone is different, but I would love suggestions for questions I should be asking or how I should go about finding just the right settings so that it truly is only used in emergency situations. Thanks!!
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