Pacemaker check update
I just had my 6 week pacemaker check.
Battery life predicted: 2.3 years. Pacing in my left ventricle 30% of the time. And the device is struggling with autocapture so is using a higher voltage than it needs.
Autocapture turned off and capture level set manually. Interval between the atria beating and the ventricle being paced extended to allow more time for a natural beat. 'Better for your heart if you're pacing less as well as for the battery.' Battery life now predicted: 8 years.
No phone app for my model of pacemaker. 'Turn the monitor off if you like and do a manual transmission if you're concerned about any symptoms. It will only transmit once a year unless it detects something unexpected, and we're going to see you once a year anyway.' Apparently it would be 18 months but the transplant team across the corridor will want to see me at least annually and the device team are happy to schedule me around the transplant team's diary.
You know you're wired when...
Airport security welcomes you.
I can't wait to give my son a run for his money again in the park again.