Just A Tweak
Being a newbie who stalked the forum before my implantation a few weeks ago, I have been hesitant to post my experience wondering if my personal story had any merit in helping anyone else. However, if even my experience could shed some small light on anyone else’s concerns, it could be of some value.
I am a 77-year-old male, with serious bradycardia and had an ablation for AF about two years ago. I had a Biotronik Edora 8 DR-T implanted. The procedure was unremarkable and after an overnight in the hospital I went home. Then some very uncomfortable things began to happen. PAC’s, tightness in throat, and a few incidences of my rate accelerating well beyond what the activity would seem to call for. In general, it felt that the device was being aggressive and randomly reacting beyond need. I also was sleeping much lighter than before with a rate that was 16 to 18 BPM higher than what I was used to. Not being a medical person (understanding surfing Google does not qualify me), I weathered it out until my follow up ten days after the procedure.
At the appointment, the device was running fine, all indications and reading were quite nominal. After a discussion with the technicians and doctor about all the parameter changes that could be done, we decided to be conservative and only tweak the CLS setting and not introduce more than one variable. We went from medium to low sensitivity.
From that moment to this writing, my whole experience has changed. PAC’s have gone to sparse, gone are the aggressive accelerations, throat tightness episodes have disappeared, rate seems relative to activity, and I am sleeping much better with a rate that is 10 to 12 BPM higher than pre-procedure.
In summary, just a CLS tweak to my individual situation took what was becoming a disconcerting and negative experience to a positive one.