pacemaker - walking
I am seeking some help on heart rates when walking. I am almost 70 and I have a Boston scientific K185 which was inserted in January 2015. Have complete heart block and AF all the time but asymptomatic. Prior to the BS I had a Medtronic with rate response only. Had that for about 8 years. The Boston Scientific has minute ventilation and an accelerometer and I have found with cycling that the combination works very well and consistently has my heart rate up pretty high– on a to our bike ride averaging about 144. This compares to the Medtronic which some reason did not pick up the vibration on the bike and so heart rate was always very low.
Also do gym work where I do a 30 minute session a couple of times a week with a trainer on weights. Hr is pretty good and goes up and down so that when I am putting in an effort hr kicks up fairly high.
Problem I have however with the K 185 is walking. When doing a 45 min walk while the heart rate goes up initially after about 15 minutes it starts trending down to initially 80s and I end up finishing walk at a rate of about 67 with an average over the whole walk of about 75. During the latter part of the walk feel quite lethargic because of the low rate. Have a very good technician who deals with the settings and had a number of sessions with her on trying to get walking rate right using treadmill but while the cycling has been very good it is just walking that I have a problem with.
Looking for any help in trying to work out how to keep the rate up on the walks. I did try walking briskly and swinging my arms and while that did work on one walk with quite a good heart rate seems to be the exception rather than the rule.