Fountain of all knowledge
I have posted this personally as I feel it is too long to go on the forum.
As you appear to be the fountain of all knowledge I thought you may be able to answer some questions for me?
My by polar dual lead Medtronic Sensia was implanted on the 26th November, I am paced 100%. I have been recovering well. Well enough to take myself off to the Caribbean on holiday. My lower limit is set to 60, I have no idea as to the top limit. During the past 10 weeks I have felt like a well tuned sports car, hardly noticing my heart. The only niggly things were 1). I had a 3 ping sensation around the can area every 3 hours, not painful but noticeable if I was sitting still 2). Depending on how I laid in bed I could feel the little electric shocks in my heart.
On my 6 week check I ask the technicians about these and there answers were
1). Your pm is set to carry out a check just once in very 24hrs, during the night and the sensations you are feeling have nothing to do with the pm!!! Mighty strange as I never had them before, they started immediately upon implantation and were so regular I didnt need to carry a watch!!
2). It is just a new sensation and you will get used to it.
In fairness I have gotten used to both and although annoying I did not feel strongly enough to argue the point.
So. For 10 weeks everything has been fine, then last Monday my heart began to beat very hard, so hard and fast that fully clothed and with a coat on you could see my heart beating, it also increased from its normal rate of 70-80 up to 100.; at the same time I developed spasms in my left pectoral muscle that beat in time with my heart. Not being one to panic or rush to the doctors; and hoping it would settle on its own I endured until Friday when reluctantly I made a visit to the PM clinic.
They checked my leads, did a few more checks and then changed my setting from using my own tissue to complete the circuit, to using the bipolar leads. Immediately the muscle spasms stopped. They said that this had no bearing on the fast hard beats and that I would have to be prescribed meds by the doctors to decrease the heart rate. However within 20 minutes of the tune up my heart has returned to its normal rate and so after 2 ECGs to double check the doctors discharged me. On comparing the pacing spike on the ECGs the pre tune up spike was about ¾ long whereas after it has reduced to 1/16, the doctor said it showed a large reduction in voltage! Coincidently the 3 hourly alarm has disappeared and I tried every position in bed last night and it appears that I can no longer feel the shocks in my heart.(No not sex, but sleeping positions LOL)
My questions are this:
1). What would change so suddenly to cause this drastic change?
2). If they know that using the bodies own tissue to complete the circuit causes such horrible side effects why do they not use the bipolar leads from the outset?
Thanks in advance