Utility of remote pacer checks
I am less than thrilled with the care I have gotten at my cardio office. Everything is "cookie-cutter" and when I ask why, I am told "that is our standard of care." I would switch providers, but this place is the only game in town, and then next closest is 80 miles away. I have asked to get my pacer adjusted so that I run without getting winded, but it has been trial and error, with little effect. At my last interogation, I saw a tech who said she was not able to give me a printed report on my episodes of atrial fib. She was willing to tell me I was in afib 9% of the time. She also hit the edge of my pacer, that hurt for the rest of the day.
That being said, I see no good reason to do quarterly remote checks. When I go into afib, the rate is 70-80. I am not on any anti-arrhythmic nor do I want to be, and I do not have ventricular arrhythmias. My insurance has changed and I am charged $200 out of pocket for each interrogation. Can anyone explain why I should bother with remote checks when adjustments can't be made? I suppose I need to go in for the 6 month checks, but I still don't see the benefit versus the cost for the remote checks.