Question regarding increased pacing

I’m currently short of breath and read lots of the other forum posts about what it could be.  I’m 2 days out and have had several echos that showed no issues. Is it normal to be short of breath with a change from 70 to 80?


No expert

by atiras - 2019-01-30 05:34:39

I'm no expert, but I had the opposite -- shortness of breath after going from 80 to 70.  Device clinic (last Friday) reckon it might be my rate response settings not letting my rate go high enough under exertion -- they've tweaked and we;ll see how it goes. Might be worth asking about?

call them

by Tracey_E - 2019-01-30 09:17:27

It could be the change in rate, it could be medications, it could be lots of things. When in doubt, call. 

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by Gotrhythm - 2019-01-30 14:23:24

Why was your rate changed from 70 to 80? That's not something that techs do for the fun of it. There must have been something your doctor thought might improve with a higher heart rate. 

Has that something improved? Stayed the same? Become worse?

Like TraceyE says, call them.


by Dave H - 2019-02-12 21:19:44

Had my optimization today...................Doc. told the device nurse to do this, that, and the other thing and also raise my rate from 75 to 82.  A marked improvement!   Yup, call your Doc!!


Feeling better

by Breezy3694 - 2019-02-14 18:53:57

It was raised because I have Long QT.  It’s supposed to help with repolarization I think.  Feeling better as far as breathing but going through PTSD from the shocks I got I September :(

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