Closed Circuit Stimulation (CLS) for Athletes
I am a 54 year old endurance cyclist, cycle guide and coach, who, 6 weeks ago, had a pacemaker implanted for 3rd degree heart block. The pacemaker is a Biotronic Evity 8 DRT.
I will see my operating physician shortly and I was wondering if it would be necessary to have the upper pacing limit engaged (as this is currently disabled).
After 2 weeks, my physician told me that only my lower limit is set at 45 bpm (my resting heart rate is 38) and my upper limit is not engaged. I have done a few bike rides since, and I find that my bike power is 30% lower than pre-surgery, while my Heart Rate is extremely elevated. When I ride hills, I have to really back off the power, in order to simply get up.
Would switching on the upper limit help with my ability to get more oxygen to my heart and help return my fitness towards it's original level?
Thanks in anticipation.
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