Rate setting changes
I am new here, but I am happy to find you because I need your help to understand something.
My dual chamber pacemaker was implanted almost ten years ago and it has impacted my life in a wonderful way. Actually six months after it was installed, I was hospitalized with severe sepsis of unknown origin, and my pacemaker helped me survive as it took over 100 percent when my blood pressure dropped to 50/25. So I appreciate and value this device.
This is my concern however...
My pacemaker has been set to activate when my heart rate drops below 60bpm and began by activating about 35 percent of the time, and in recent years it has been activating 45 to 50 percent of the time. However, at my last appointment about four months ago, I was informed that the rate was being lowered to not activate until my heart rate drops to 50bpm. When I asked why, I was told that this is what is done as the battery ages to extend battery life. I was somewhat concerned but soon forgot about the whole thing. Until today...
Over the last couple of months I have been feeling extreme fatigue and have become much less able to handle activity and outings. In fact, I haven't left my house more than two or three times in the last two months. As I care for my 87 year old mother, this is becoming discouraging as I can barely take care of myself and have had to make arrangements for someone else to take her to her numerous treatments and appointments.
i have actually begun to think that I may need to arrange institutional care for myself and my mother, then this morning it occurred to me that all this worsening fatigue began after my pacemaker was set back from 60 to 50. Has anyone else experienced a dramatic change in energy after have their setting adjusted like this? Please help me understand.🤔