What to expect from a pacing clinic appointment?
I often see posts from new members asking what to expect from a pacing clinic appointment and what questions to ask? I thought it would be helpful to do a post on this important part of our care, since many of us clearly want to understand how our pacemakers work.
May I ask what your experience has been when attending routine pacing clinic appointments if these are still happening where you live, since some of us may not attend clinic regularly anymore with home monitoring. For example when you attend clinic:-
- Is your doctor or cardiac technician willing to explain the basic checks they do and are they willing to answer any questions you might have about these?
- If changes to your settings are made, does your doctor or technician tell you about these changes and explain why the settings are being adjusted?
- Does your doctor or technician share with you the overall findings of your pacemaker interrogation, particularly if there were any “events” like a very fast heart rate or new arrhythmia detected?
- Are you offered a copy of your pacemaker downloads at the time of your appointment, or told how you could obtain a copy of your data?
I hope you will briefly share with us your own personal experience so that new members may learn what to expect, what useful questions to ask or how to get the most out of their appointments. Thank you for any help you are willing to offer.
You know you're wired when...
Your favorite poem is Ode to a Cardiac Node.
It may be the first time we've felt a normal heart rhythm in a long time, so of course it seems too fast and too strong.