Beginners Help and Advice need please!
I am a 62 year old guy and have always been fit and active until about 18 months ago. I started experiencing dizziness, light headedness, balance issues and breathlessness. These got gradually worse and after many scans and tests, my cardiologist suggested a pacemaker as my resting heart rate was around 43.
I had a Medtronic PM fitted on Monday 8th March 2021 (4 days ago) I do feel better as a result, though still far from 100%. I am a complete novice as far as the science of PMs is concerned and so I hope you don't mind me asking for some basic help and guidance prior to my first follow up appointment in a couple of weeks time.
The only things I really know about the settings at this stage, is that the lower rate is set to 60 beats per minute and the Mode is described as AAIR-DDDR.
As I say, I do feel better in myself and suspect that this may be due to the increased basic rate. When I exercise moderately however, I do still experience some lightheadedness and balance issues, though these do not seem to be quite as bad as before.
I am therefore wondering whether some of you more knowledgeable and experienced guys can guide me a little in what to expect at my follow up appointment; particularly with regards to what settings it might be possible to adjust to alleviate my symptons further.
I wear a Fitbit which has a HR monitor and since my procedure, the rate never drops below 60 bpm so I am fairly confident that the PM is at least working!!
Many thanks in advance for any help, guidance and advice that you can offer