Advice needed. Heart rate accelerating with very little movement!
Need some input/advice! I have CHB with a Medtronic dual chamber atrial sensing rate responsive pacer. The last few weeks, and with increasing frequency my heart rate has been rising up to 120-180 plus (measured via pulse oximeter) when barely moving or even just standing. If I am laying down I am ok, car rides seem to activate it as well. I get shortness of breath and major palpitations when it happens and upon laying down it will take up to 30 min to fully slow down to normal 70-80 range. Sometimes it lingers at over 100 for almost 20 min before starting to drop. I have never had this issue before and as far as I am aware my settings have not been changed. I have the device for home checks but I don't know if I need to capture it during an episode or if it will back date to a certain point. Anyone know what might be causing it? Also it doesn't seem urgent enough to constitute a urgent care or ER appointment since I can slow it down by laying down (plus with covid I would like to avoid the germ factories), if you think I am incorrect and that this needs to be addressed urgently please let me know, otherwise I was going to wait until I get in with a new cardiologist, just got a referral yesterday (but that could be a few weeks). Thanks all!!! Hope you are staying safe!