Right Ventricular Auto threshold
I have a dual chamber PM in DDD mode ( R turned off) for exercise induced high grade 2 degree AV block. I'm not pacemaker dependent with intrinsic rate in the 50s. Of late however, I have been experiencing sensations of heart beats ( pulsations) over the chest or upper abdomen off and on but briefly lasting a few minutes at a time. No twitches. They feel like the usual RV auto capture tests that occurred every 21 hours in Boston Scientific Accolade, but they were not. The pulsations were regular, narrow complex sensed ventricular beats based on the 6 lead Kardia. I had my pacemaker intorregated 2 days ago, and everything checked out fine. Atria paced 68% and Ventricles < 1%. AV search + was 100 %. No tachyarrhythmias. Reprogramming involved lowering base rate to 55 and RV auto capture turned off to minimize sensations! Nonetheless I still experience the episodic sensations but no more RV auto capture sensations. My main question is how crucial is it to run the Ventricular capture tests daily in me with a Vpace <1%? My battery life is still 15 years. Thanks for your opinions.
You know you're wired when...
Your pacemaker interferes with your electronic scale.
As for my pacemaker (almost 7 years old) I like to think of it in the terms of the old Timex commercial - takes a licking and keeps on ticking.