Pacemaker Time Stamp
Just wanted to leave a message to let everyone know about an odd occurrence with my Medtronic Adapta, hopefully it doesn't happen to anyone else.
Quick info about me, 46 years old, avid cyclist and snowboarder, have had a pacemaker for bradycardia since 2011.
I went in last October for my annual check up and had a number of high rate episodes at weird times of the night, some of them lasted for 45 minutes at around 175-180 bpm. My cardiologist scheduled an echo to be done, after seeing the results had me see a pulmonary specialist. This "specialist" told me I had pulmonary hypertension and a week later I recieved a phone call from his office telling me I would be put on the drug adempas, which just happens to run $10k a month.
As you can imagine I was pretty shaken up by this and called my cardiologist, who was also surprised since we had not done a right heart cath yet to double check. He scheduled me for the right heart cath and it came back that I did not have pulmonray hypertension, but he thought the left side of my heart looked enlarged. So he scheduled a transesophageal echocardiogram, which if you haven't had one be very happy, it isn't fun. The results came back that my heart had not changed.
Two weeks later I was back at the cardiologist and he wants me to think about taking another drug (currently only taking Metoprolol & aspirin). After meeting with him I saw the Medtronic person so they could check my pacemaker. Again it came up with a number of HRE at weird times. Since the check up in October I had started wearing a Fitbit to monitor my HR during the night, and I knew I had not had any epsisodes. After going back and forth with the person for a few minutes I asked if it's possible the time was off on my pacemaker, they tried to look this up and amazingly didn't know how. They called their supervisor to figure out how to check the time & we found out that it was actually 7 HOURS FAST & every one of the HRE were when I was cycling.
Hope nobody else has to go through this, please let me know if you have any questions.