Paddling the ICD
8 months on from having a latest Tech Medtronic ICD put in, recovery seems to have gone quick and most all seems normal.
The question I have is now when walking on level ground, I can, as before, pretty much walk indefinitely. But add in a gentle incline, or stairs, where the pace is the same, but the difficulty of excercise has increased, I find myself quickly out of breath. Such that I need to slow way down, or stop for a quick recovery break. Recovery is quick and I can be on my way, but it happens every time. It seems the motion sense to increase the heart rate, is of course unable to detect any change needing heart rate increase when walking at the same pace, but in a condition requiring more blood flow.
I have heard and read a bit about paddling (tapping) the chest next to (near) the ICD to trick it into speeding up the heart by sensing the tapping.
Does anyone here have any experience with this, or actually do this, and does it seem to help?
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