Pacemaker set at 70

My pacemaker HR is set to not go under 70 and it never has until recently.  The last 5 days it rests at 69 ,68 and today 67.  My fitbit is 4 years old and I wonder if it can not be accurate?  I recently had my device check and no problems.  Has anyone else had this problem, and maybe it is not a problem!  Thanks


Might be how you’re testing

by Lavender - 2023-03-07 22:09:02

Try testing a different way. Take your pulse yourself by touching your carotid. Maybe your fitbit is inaccurate. Use a pulse oximeter. 

Your recent test was fine at the dr. Maybe it's anxiety?

heart rate changes

by rebeccaanne - 2023-03-07 23:29:35

thanks for input, I appreciate it!

Set at 70 bpm

by piglet22 - 2023-03-08 07:52:46

I wouldn't worry to much about 68 or 69 bpm.

The pacemaker has a lot to do in a short space of time and 70 is a target rather than set in stone.

My PM was set to 60 bpm and I closely monitored it using an Omron Intellisense blood pressure monitor and recently, an oximeter. The finger and earlobe optical sensors are widely used in hospitals and ambulances, so are generally accurate enough.

Where you do need to worry is when it goes significantly below the target rate, in your case, more like 60 and below. That's the time to get advice from your pacing clinic.

I had my target rate dropping from 60 to 31/32 bpm and that was a worry. It was making me physically ill as well from the lightheadedness and dizziness.

Hopefully, that's going to be put right in two days time when the target rate gets raised from 60 to 70 bpm.

I'll let you know how I get on.

But don't sit and worry about it, get advice and some reassurance. If need be, badger them to get things looked at or if all else fails, do it through your GP surgery and get a referral to the clinic.


by piglet22 - 2023-03-08 07:56:54

For 12 years of monitoring, the pacemaker never went below 58 and only occasionally.

It hardly ever went above 60 either, but I was doing resting measurements.

Only this year 2023 has there been significant changes in the way things operate and it was showing in things like low blood pressure as well.

It's a good idea to get into self-monitoring and keeping records.

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