I am an extremly active 72 year old. I do a variety of exercise, with swimming being a prominent one. I have had a PM for about 2 1/2 years to address SSS, bradycardia etc. Before the initial surgery I was told the the device would sense my motion and respiration. Then they gave me a Medtronic with just the motion chip. I was told later by one of the device techs that it was because of the hospital's "business plan". This device does not work well in the pool. After numerous adjustments, it became sort of acceptable. Because I had other concerns with the initial cardiology outfit I ended up switching my care to a doctor in Portland, Maine who has a reputation of being tuned in to active older people. I have been very pleased with him.
This year, I have been quite pleased with my physical conditioning, including swimming. Then a problem developed a few days ago. I had a lot of work to do with fallen trees at a seasonal location. I spent 6-7 hours working with a friend to move and split a bunch of red oak, heavy stuff. I used a hydraulic splitter but moving the wood to it was the hard work. At some point during the day, I started complaining that "this sholdn't be this hard". Something just did not feel right. The type of work was very different-I figured I just wasn't used to it.
The next day happened to be the day for my remote monitoring. I got an email to that effect early in the day. I little while later, I got a phone call from the doctor. He asked me how I was doing and I told him about the way I felt the day before. He responded "I think I can explain that, you have a broken lead." He said it was not my "primary" lead but that it would need to be replaced. He said they were scheduling about a month out and in the meantime, I should go about my usual activities as long as I coud tolerate them. I had a swim time scheduled later that morning and I went to that and it was just awful. I have not felt that bad in a long time. Right after that, I happened to have a dentist appointment where they took my BP. It was 95/64. Subsequent checks with my home monitor have been comparable. Pre-synchope has been a constant companion. I felt like the PM wasn't working at all although my HR didn't seem to be going below 60.
I called the cardiologist's office to reported my symptoms. I ended up getting an appointment on 5/21. The dr. indicated that it will be appropriate at this time to give me a device that will hopefully serve me better with my lifestyle, especially the swimming.
Sorry for the long narrative but I have a couple of questions that I hope someone on the forum can answer. Does anyone have experience with a device that works well for swimming? I know the Boston Scientific has the micro-ventilation sensor and that may be the direction we're going. I remember readingn something on this forum quite a while ago about (I think) a German model that uses a different type of rate response that might work well. I would just like to know all options.
I am also interested to know if anyone has had experience with low BP after any aspect of device failure. I think that is really affecting the way I feel and I'm not sure I see the connection with a broken lead that is not even the primary lead. As I indicated, my exercise intolerance right now is worse that before I got the PM. Five days ago I was just fine.
Thanks for any thoughts.