shortenish of breath

I had my pacemaker for about two years and keep getting shortness of breath.  My dr. has it set 70-110 and I am wondering if that is the problem that it is too low.  This is a single probe pacemaker to control afib.  They did an ablation to block the electrical pulses.

I am just wondering if the pacemaker set too low could cause this?



by AgentX86 - 2019-07-28 23:25:37

Hi Mama, welcome to the group.  I hope you find what you're looking for here.  We try to help the best we can but you don't give a lot of information and I'm not really clear on what you've said.  So forgive me if I'm a little picky on terminology.  There are a lot of procedures and devices that have similar names and the details matter a lot.

I'm a little confused by "ablation to block the electrical pulses" and "single probe pacemaker to control afib".  Do you mean an "AV ablation", where they sever the connection between the atria and ventricles, then substitute a pacemaker to trigger the ventricle(s) independent of the atria?  There is also an "Afib ablation" that interrupts the erroneous signal in the atrium that's causing the Afib so that it can't propogate to the rest of the atrium.  The former requires a pacemaker, the latter does not.  There are also variations of the above.

Given that you only have a single lead (I assume that's what you mean by a "single probe") and I'm going to assume that because you said "pacemaker to control afib" that you had an AV ablation and have a lead only in your right ventricle (first time I've heard that one, though).  Pacemakers don't control Afib but after an AV ablation (which hides Afib) a pacemaker is required.

The queston then is a setting of 70/110bpm too low?  The lower number certainly isn't abnormally low.  The upper may be.  When you have shortness of breath, what is your pulse rate?  If it's 110, that could be your problem.  We'd need to know more about your symptoms.

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