My doc got a big hug today!
I had my first annual device check and checkup with my EP today. He was thrilled I'm doing so well! And so am I. I know not everyone has had smooth sailing after PM implant, so I count myself very fortunate. I struggled for years with disabling AFIB/Aflutter, and I know my EP was disappointed he couldn't cure me and had to resort to, well -- the last resort: an AV node ablation and a PM 100% paced. I cannot feel the AFIB anymore and have gotten my life back.
Some points I asked/talked about:
--I have lost over 40 pounds and am working hard on losing more. I asked about the effect of weight loss and my PM. I was told the only thing is that the device itself would be more prominent/I would feel it more.
--I asked about the effect of cardiovascular exercise with my PM, because I wasn't clear about it, and was told that it's just as beneficial to the heart as if I had no PM.
-I asked whether my device was a CRT ("cardiac rescynchronization therapy" device) and it is. I gathered that from my research, but no one actually referred to it that way.
--I felt nothing during the device interrogation -- was told that some people find it uncomfortable, but since I'm PM dependent I wouldn't feel anything.
--I still have 9 years left on my battery. I would have thought that being 100% paced would use it up faster, but apparently not.
All in all, a very positive checkup. I hope it stays that way!