Long term effects of more sensitive rate response PM settings
This issue emerged on a recent thread (See "HR dropping while on climbs") about rate response to support biking up hills.
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Member frankmcw2 posted his suggested settings for Medtronic PMs to make the rate response settings more sensitive to movement. I'd previously (more than an year back) requested and got that same pdf document from frankmcw2. I took them to my appointment with my EP and PM tech for review and had those settings changes done to my Medtronic PM.
One consequence of that change is that my HR goes raipdly upto 115 after taking ten steps (as designed). It took me a few weeks to get used to this higher rate but my body adapted.
I also check my (resting) blood pressure regularly and have noticed no upward trend wih the new settings. I've not done yet taken a BP reading while exercising - maybe I ought to get a treadmill stress test or wear some other ambulatory BP monitor while hiking or running.
Member crustyg was kind enough to comment on potential negative long term effects of the higher heart rate.
I invite discussion on this topic and I plan to discuss this at length with my EP at my next appointment.