Exercise

Hi guys

i Had a pacemaker two weeks ago so still learning, I think it is  CRT-D Implanted. That's a Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillator can anyone explain how it works mine appears to be set at 50bpm before it comes in, I was exercising when I had my attack and passed out,, how does it work when you are already passed 50bpm ? It does it kick in at any level when your heart goes out of sync,

Thank you again guys for posing replies to me it’s really helped my anxiety 

regards 

jim


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How it works

by AgentX86 - 2019-09-01 13:42:44

Pacemakers can be set up in various ways, depending on your needs but in general,  as we say in this grou,  a pacemaker is only an accelerator. It can only make the heart go faster. It cannot slow it down  (not a brake). You don't say much about your condition but from your statement that yours is set to 50bpm, I assume you have something like sick sinus syndrome, probably with sinus pauses. Basically, the pacemaker is there to catch you if your heart forgets to beat.

Now, the "-D" part of the CRT-D. As you noted, this adds a defibrillator to the mix. If your heart goes crazy and into some unrecoverable arrhythmia, the defibrillator stops the heart completely and allows the heart to reset - as we used to say in computers,  the "Big Red Switch".

BTW, welcome to the group and I'm sorry that you have to be here. Do yourself a favor and learn as much as you can about your condition and hardware. The knowledge will serve you well.

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