What are the various settings and what do they mean
I received my PM in December 2018 due to a rapid onset Left Bundle Branch block. I was previously running or hiking every day. I have gone back to those activities but still think I am not back to my previous performance levels. I have had three adjustments so far and the last was the best. However neither the Clinic Nurse nor my Dr. has been willing to give me an explanation of the adjustments they made or what effect they have.
Heart rate. Initially it was set at 50-130 and after two complaint sessons they increased the max to 140. (I am 76 ). Last time I asked what the limit meant and was told," it is really too complex to put into words". I know I go over 140 when running and hiking up steep hills . Can anyone explain the advantages/disadvantages of increasing that rate?
Slope. I think that adjustment is to guide the rate of heart rate increase in response to increasing my level of exertion. However that may not be it at all. Can anyone explain? I do know they adjusted the SLOPE on my last two visits. I was much worse after the first and much better after the second.
Lastly. Are there other PM adjustments that can be made? I have an Abbott PM2172(St. Jude Medical)