First check-up and setting adjustments. In a foreign country.
Had dual lead St Jude PM fitted 12 weeks ago for Heart Block, after fainting during exercise. 40yo, otherwise very fit and active (competing athlete). Partial problem to all this - I'm in a foreign country where I'm learning the language - so I don't understand the full diagnosis.
Initially set to DDD, but for some reason, in the first week it kept pacing me at exactly 120bpm for long periods (did it for 8 hours one day) which was distressing and uncomfortable. It was difficult to get this message across to my doc (they tried to convince me it was AF), but eventually they set it to VVI mode and sent me on my way after I showed them data from my HR monitor.
Since then, I've not had the 120bpm problem, but feel that the PM could be optimized to my circumstances - e.g. dual lead unit, very active, young(ish), technically minded. I still get a very irregular beat. I also now get out of breath a lot easier.
First Q - why might DDD result in constant pacing of 120bpm (could it be a safety setting).
Second Q - how can I tell if I'm being paced (during exersise for example) - is this data only available on download?
Third Q - what kind of settings will help me with getting back to some moderate training?
You know you're wired when...
You can finally prove that you have a heart.
At age 20, I will be getting a pacemaker in few weeks along with an SA node ablation. This opportunity may change a five year prognosis into a normal life span! I look forward to being a little old lady with a wicked cane!