Pacemaker now set at 70
I am a 68-year-old male with a fib but also had a three lead pacemaker inserted about six months ago. I got Covid,eventhough I was vaccinated, and some doctors think that it blew out my electrical system. I have Complete heart block I am I am 100% dependent on the pacemaker.
My pacemaker was orginally set at a low end of 80. And my heart stayed that way pretty much all the time unless I try to exercise it'll go to 115 120 which the a fib makes difficult once I stop then I'll drop right back down to 80. I don't have tachycardia like I used since they implanted the pacemaker.
So for the last couple of months 80 was my low cruising BPM. It pretty much stays that way pretty much all the time even with a fib.
But I felt that 80 was too high. Was having a little trouble falling asleep so I asked the pacemaker EP to drop it down to 70. Besides keeping me up I also felt that you have so many ticks in the heart and by slowing it down a little bit maybe that would increase my longevity. I know it sounds crazy but just a thought. Anyway the doctor said ok and the tech humored me and lowered it to 70. I'm feeling really good. I'm just curious does anyone have any thoughts on what are the pros or cons that I may get by dropping my low rate to 70 vs 80? The tech said it shouldn't make a difference
I'm also having an ablation done in June to get rid of a fib and so I can exercise. I've had two a ablations years ago that did not hold. I've been told that the pacemaker has nothing to do with a fib but I have to say that I've had virtually zero unprovoked high heart rates since they implanted it. But I am still in a fib and I still get out of breath after walking 100 yards.
Just want to get thoughts on what I should expect with a lower rate rate at 70 vs 80 and any thoughts on getting an ablation with a pacemaker.