Heart rate when cycling
I had my PM implant 17th June 2022, to overcome bradycardia and sick sinus issues. Resting HR now 60, up from about 45.
I had been noticing increasing fatigue generally, and as a cyclist increasing struggle to keep up with my mates, especially uphill.
Since the implant I generally feel better. But I have not gained any noticeable benefit when cycling. After the implant and when riding, my HR would rise to 130 and then 'flat line'. The technician explained that the PM was preset to only pace my heart up to 130. On my request she adjusted it to pace up to 150.
Now what I find is that when climbing my HR still tends to only rise to about 130, when I want it higher, at least in the 150 range. Perversely when I am descending with very little exertion, my HR will often climb to 150.
The technician thinks that the cause may be that when I am climbing the motion sensor may only be detecting relatively low body movement (even though the exertion level is high), and when descending it may be detecting high body movement from the fast pedalling or vibration (even though the exertion level is low).
Is this anyone else's experience, and is anyone aware of any 'work around' or adjustment that may be available?