Non response from pacemaker during exercise
I ride quite a lot. All too frequently I experience the situation where my pacemaker simply doesn'y respond during effort. I can be riding and my heart rate won't budge from low to high 80's even if riding uphill. This can last for an hour or more and then spontaneously move to a more appropriate rate. Even riding on flat roads is a chore and unpleasant.
I've discussed this with my cardiologist and the Biotronik technician and invariably their response is to try and adjust the settings to be more aggressive. Inevitably this makes no difference. I've had my current dual lead pacemaker in place for nearly 3 years, so it's not an initial setting thing.
My queries are severalfold: is it a connectivity issue; is the pacemaker fit for purpose or faulty; do I have some other underlying cardiac issue; maybe something else. I'm not on beta blockers or similar so that can't be a factor.
Anybody else have/had similar issues and what has been done to resolve it please? I'm 75 and enjoy being active. Walking is generally fine, but going up steps or the like can cause shortness of breath.
You know you're wired when...
You have a high-tech ticker.
You'll come to peace with it in time.