Heart Rate has increased

For about 6 years my PM, which is set at 60, has paced between 50-75% of the time. (My first one lasted only 3 years and I was 100% dependent because a wire had come loose)

My blood pressure is normal. O2 sats are great. But lately my pulse has run at a steady 70-72 bpm. I didn't think things could change (less pacing) without something else occurring.

The only thing in my life that has changed is I've become walker dependent due to sciatica and disk issues. Pain is high. I had a middle of the night interrogation about 3 weeks ago. Nothing detected.

Any thoughts? Greatly appreciate your time and input.


Heart rate

by AgentX86 - 2023-01-07 00:14:46

You don't say much about your current heart problems.  You said you were dependent but implied that you aren't anymore? You pace 50-75% of the time... Are you chronotropically incompetent?  If not, the pain may increase your heart rate but I guess it would be odd that your heart rate is fixed.

Perhaps you're 0% paced now?  You might want to see your cardiologist or EP.

heart rate

by Tracey_E - 2023-01-07 09:31:51

Have your settings been changed?

Do any of the meds you are on cause an increase in heart rate?

Are you doing more caffeine than usual?

The pacer won't let us go below the minimum rate. Our hearts can go faster on their own, the pacer will just watch. It's a gas pedal, not a brake. 


by verne8 - 2023-01-07 22:34:54

Thank you for your comments. To clarify…


I’m 73 years old, female, obese, well controlled (no insulin) diabetic. I have bone on bone hips, bilaterally. However, they don’t bother me that much. I have some slight slippage in 4 disks and sciatica and ??? (they don’t know because I can’t have an MRI and I’m allergic to contrast dye) Hence, the chronic pain.


I have my on site interrogations with my cardiologist every  6 months and in between they do the at home one. All is normal. I had an echo 2 years ago and they found no problems worth noting. I have no symptoms that would be normally consistent with cardiac problems. I have had idiopathic PVC’s since 1988 due to long term panic/anxiety disorder. 


I have a PM because I had an episode of bradycardia and total heart block and I passed out. That was in 2013. The PM was placed the next day. I had problems with the first PM for 3 years. Those issues left me totally PM dependent. Problems were rectified (wire had come loose/off ) and I  have done well for the past 6 years. 


I appreciate your input. 

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