Problems with Settings
I received my last pacemaker Boston Sci L321 Model in January 2016. I'm paced almost 96-98% of the time. When I first received my this device, I had a problem with my heart racing when I rolled over in bed or moved my body a certain way. Almost like the pacer was too sensitive to body movement. Basically they turned the sensitivity on the device way down and for a long time, I kind of chalked up being tired and SOB when exercising and doing stairs as being out of shape.
Now it's 2020 and I'm much more physically active and I was having problems with shortness of breath when doing anything that required a little oomph in heart rate. So, I went in to see my EP Dr. to see what could be done. Found out my pacemaker was always beating at about 70 even when I was carrying things for a distance, walking briskly, working out...etc. Two weeks ago my EP Doctor changed the settings to only slightly more sensitive to activity and the same thing is happening as happened when I first received my device in 2016. I am much better with these new settings when walking or exercising but now I'm having the same glitch of fast paced heart rate when I move my body a certain way or move quickly.
Has anyone experienced this issue? I'm a 58 year old female with my share of chronic health issues. I work at a desk job and currently I'm full time WAH. I have a can-do attitude and I'm not a complainer. But I think something is wrong with my device. I realize that this is probably not a life threatening issue, but when my heart starts to race because I've turned a certain way or bend over to pick something up, I realize that there is likely something wrong that's not going to be simple to fix. And, when this happens, it's an uncomfortable feeling. I also feel like the area over my pacer is uncomfortable. Not really sore but like something is pulling.
In any case, your heart shouldn't kick up from 70 to 130 or 140 bpm when you roll over in bed or bend to pull a weed. I have felt similiarly when I've had issues with a laptop or car and and the service technician or IT Tech can't find anything wrong when they run the diagnostics....but it keeps on having issues.
I've had three pacemakers since my first one in 2001. This latest one, the Boston Scientific L321 has been recalled for other issues but not for this one. I'm wondering if it's a bad model. They don't have the greatest reputation with device quality control.
Appreciate any feedback or suggestions. I used to be on this board all the time 10-15 years ago but have not been here in a long while.