Took on board all the comments about rapid response. I went back to the cardiologist saying about the fast heart rate and how I was feeling. I have been fined tuned - he turned down the response and as soon as I got off the table I felt that awful feeling in my stomach gone. Also went for a walk this afternoon and not one funny session.

I have been put on a tablet for a month as well - sort of beta blocker - and am due to see him again on the 22nd Feb.

Hey light at the end of the tunnel.

Thanks guys for all the input.


good news

by golem - 2008-01-27 03:01:40

Very good to hear about these improvements! I new it would get better. Enjoy your new life!


Rate response

by heckboy - 2008-01-27 03:01:53

I have a ST Jude and am amazed at how flexible the programming is. As it was described to me, there is not only the high and low threshold, but a delay to give one's own heart the chance to beat and an aggressiveness setting so that it will kick in sooner or later. For example, a little kid would probably need an aggressive setting to get the rate up fast since kids bolt around and tend to move at an all or nothing pace. If an adult were to have that, just reaching for a soda can would send the heart off.

After 6-12 months, i finally settled on letting my own rhythm dictate my rate. My high is set for 160 and my low at 50.

It sure makes a difference

by ElectricFrank - 2008-01-27 12:01:40

I've had that feeling several times over my first year as I got the settings worked out. Don't we wish some of our other medical conditions could be fixed my just adjusting a computer.
I suggest checking with him on the beta blocker. If you really need it all good and well, but you might even feel better without it.
So far I have avoided meds. Each time they wanted to put me on something I've insisted on a good reason for it and each time they have decided to wait and see if I needed it. I never have.


Old duffer mode

by ElectricFrank - 2008-01-31 01:01:25

Maybe I should ask to have mine set to "Old Duffer Mode". That way it could respond for my increased need when I rock in my rocking chair. Also need to turn on the "Young Woman Inhibit" to keep it from going nuts in that case. (g)


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I am just now 40 but have had these blackouts all my life. I am thrilled with the pacer and would do it all over again.