Do I need to see an Electrophysiologist?
My resting heart rate was in the low 50's for over 15 years. But, I was always told that it was ok for it to be low, so long as the heart rate goes up appropriately during the day. (I had several occasions of wearing holster monitors, etc... over the years).
My cardiologist implanted a loop recorder, this past September, and based on it's readings, said that my HR was not going up like it should during the day. So, less than two months after getting the loop, the loop was taken out, and a 2 lead pacemaker was put in. I have never been given a reason for any of my issues. No heart defects, etc...
I also have congestive heart failure, with a very elevated wedge pressure. Also, no explanation, other than I am overweight. This has also caused mild Pulmonary Hypertension.
Any way, my heart rate is set to 60. I do not feel any better since getting the pacemaker. In fact, I have been pretty miserable from it, I am still suffering from frozen shoulder, (physical therapy for this was just started today), and the site itches like crazy at times. I was told that it paces me about 40% of the time. But, I do not feel even the slightest bit of improvement,
I have two questions, is the heart rate being set to 60, normal? I feel like it might help me feel better if that was raised.
Also, I only see a cardiologist. Do I need to try and find an electrophysiologist? I never even heard of this , until reading on this forum.