I'm hoping for some help here. In my effort to get my dual chamber pacemaker/ICD working for me (it hasnb't for 17 months), I'm going to ask the doctor to try turning off my rate response. I have read posts here and listened to PM engineers on the subject. Based on the information and my symptoms, it may be the answer.
What I really need is the ICD because I have had ventriciular tachycardias. But the beauty of having a pacemaker as part of my ICD is that if/when I go into dangerous rhythms, my device will pace me out before it it kicks me in the chest. Without the PM, it goes right to the electric jolt most likely after you've passed out (I have never experienced that).
My question is: Will turning off my rate response eliminate the "pace-out" function of my ICD or affect it in any way?