Sensitivity change

I am 6 days post op for CI,have a Biotronik pm. Am scheduled to have sensitivity changed tomorrow from medium to low. How  “sensitive” is such a change, dramatic or subtle? On a low setting, will I be able to undergo strenuous cardio or swimming workouts? Thinking maybe I shouldn’t change setting.


Sensitivity training

by AgentX86 - 2019-04-01 22:54:07

I'm no Biotronic expert but Medtronic's have a lot more than three settings.  It gets quite complicated, in fact.  I wouldn't expect to get them right the first time.  Again, I don't have first-hand experience with Biotronic pacemakers but expecting a pacemaker to exactly mimic (or even close) is wanting too much.  My exercise is limited to walking (a lot of it) but I still have a lot of problems on mild hills and stairs.  The sensor just doesn't detect them weill nd I ge rather winded.


by IAN MC - 2019-04-02 11:06:26

You confuse me !!   In an earlier post you were not happy that minimal exercise drives your HR up to 130 bpm so people replied giving you a possible solution.   Now you worry how dramatic the settings adjustments will be , that is crazy ... NOBODY can answer that question , we all respond differently to setting adjustments .

It is like asking us how you will feel if you buy a bigger size of shoe.

 There are millions and millions of people with pacemakers , most have to have the settings adjusted . It really is no big deal , stop worrrying !

Why not do it and see how you feel . It may be much better for you, if not you can revert back to your previous settings.



Sensitivity change

by Winchester - 2019-04-02 11:34:53

good advice Ian. Thanks 


by Tracey_E - 2019-04-02 16:28:09

Most advice you get here will not apply tyo CLS. CLS has to learn you so it's going to take some time to get it right. Ask your doctor to explain it to you and to tell you what is normal during that time, what indicates they need to make a change. 

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