Changing the settings
I have a crt-d and the doctor will not change the range of pacing. I walk 5 miles, for exercise, 5 times a week. On mile 3, I have a what I call a “spell”. The device starts to stimulate and causes me to feel dizzy and weak. It feels like the device is slowing the heart down and I lose my walking rhythm.
Lower rate: 50
Upper Tracking rate: 130
Upper Activity rate: 120
I have learned that to find the upper activity rate that is right for me is 175.
220 - age = upper activity rate. This information comes from a well known electrophysiologist in my area. I feel like I am being held back and I have asked for the Activity rate to be increased but the response I get is “no” without explanation. I am now no longer sure of myself to do my walk/exercise safely and have missed out on some beautiful days to walk, decompress and enjoy the neighborhood activities.
How do I get the programmer and doctor to listen to me? It is a very patriarchal, stern and “my way is the only way” type environment. I feel like a hostage and am told to deal with it.