Rate response setting

 I recently had my rate response setting changed as my heart rate Has not exceeded 100 bpm on exertion. I was last checked a year ago.  Since the change I am suffering from fatigue and exhaustion I’m not able to go for my usual walks. At times I also feel as though I have a sort of ache in my heart not really chest pain this is new. Has anyone else had a similar experience ? I am thinking of ringing the technician so that I can be seen again is that appropriate?



Go back for another adjustment !

by IAN MC - 2019-04-22 15:42:27

Hi NOOMIN     Getting Rate Response settings right is all done by trial-and-error.  It sounds as though you are definitely worse off following your last adjustment.

After many adjustment sessions I eventually persuaded the PM clinic to optimise the settings while I ran on a treadmilll which worked for me ( like you, I am in the UK so you will need all your powers of persuasion to have it done under our wonderful NHS ! )

Best of luck


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by Noomin - 2019-04-22 18:12:16

Thanks Ian. I’ll go tomorrow..

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by Swangirl - 2019-04-22 19:10:48

My cardiologist put me on the treadmill and got the St. Jude Rep in the room and with me walking uphill (I can't run anymore at 77) they conferred together and looked at all the settings and tweaked it for 20 minutes or so and I'm so much better.  Not as good as my original heart but able to do most everything without being breathless and weak.  You have to be the squeaky wheel and get them to work with your device.  What's the point of having this expensive device with all these bells and whistles if it isn't doing the job for you?  

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by Noomin - 2019-04-23 10:00:38

ThanksIAN MC and Swangirl.  I saw the technician this morning and she said ‘I’ll just turn the rate response off’.I said that I thought it had been turned on because I get breathless on exertion and my heart rate does not go above 100 however active I am.  She told me  that if the rate response being on does not suit me then there is nothing more that can be done ..

 At least I will generally feel better than I did with the rate  response turned on. 

Surprising !

by IAN MC - 2019-04-23 14:14:59

If turning RR off doesn't work ( and I really hope it does ) , you may want to explore switching it on again and  increasing the maximum sensor rate . You cannot function normally if your HR will not increase above 100 bpm.


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