ICD CHECK UP
After being unwell for a while with irregular heart rhythms, high heart rate and BP (see my previous post), I had a three month check up yesterday and I thought I'd share it with you.
My first question was had I had any AF or arrhythmia since last time as I can feel an irregular pulse when when my HR rises to 90 to 102. I was told I had not been in AF and not had arrhythmia.
I asked about Rate Response. I was told the setting was what I needed but when I explained how my heart rate doesn't drop after activity, it was agreed that the Recovery Rate was changed from standard to fast.
I asked about high atrial or ventricular heart rate episodes which may require pacing therapies but the system showed no signs of any such issues.
I am set at 55bpm, is this too low for me? I was told that this is fine and 60 would make very little difference.
I get irregular rhythms which I am told are ectopic beats. The system showed less than 1% of ectopic beats and was told that this is fine.
My LV lead is switched off. I asked if this should be turned on. I was told it was not needed at present as the LV is working well.
My % pacing is 98% atria and 8% RV.
The only issue was a fluctuating voltage on the LV lead. I was told it isn't damaged or in the wrong position but it may have moved. I had two chest X-rays and the consultants will discuss this in their meeting next week. They will also discuss my need for an ablation.
As I have been so unwell, I find all the positive findings a bit confusing. I will get my second blood test results next week and that might highlight something.
Thanks for reading this.
You know you're wired when...
Your pacemaker receives radio frequencies.
I am active and healthy and have been given a second chance.