Should I be worried about ectopic beats
Hi to the ectopic beat experts
Had to go back for a PM check yesterday at 10 weeks as I am having problems with my heart pounding in my neck - easy to see at times. The technician made some very small adjustments which she thought might help and again told me that I am only pacing less than 6% of the time. I have second degree heart block and a Medtronic Adapta dual chamber PM fitted on Feb 4. The dreadful breathlessness that I was having from day one of the pacemaker was cured when the rate response was turned off at my first check up at 6 weeks. Thanks to everyone who gave me invaluable advice as without this I would never have known about this setting and it would not have been turned off and I would still be huffing and puffing around in slow motion with the cardiologist continuing to tell me that it isn't the PM because it's hardly pacing.
Anyway since my visit yesterday I have a new problem. The pounding in my neck has stopped but now a thumping has started in my chest. So I phoned and they told me to come back in. Once I was all wired up the thumping started and she could see that they were extra (ectopic) beats. In fact there had been four thousand since I was there the day before. Apparently that isn't a lot as a percentage of our daily heart beats. But I am not happy as I didn't have this before the PM. This thumping, which sometimes makes my neck and shoulder twitch, only seems to happen at rest and when I am driving. I haven't noticed it at times of activity or exercise. Sometimes the thumps come in quick succession and I get a horrible feeling of panic inside me! The technician decided she didn't want to make any more changes so she has fitted me with a 7-day holter monitor and a diary for recording the events - it is filling up really quickly!
Is there anyone out there that knows if settings on the PM can cause ectopic beats and how to fix it? I must stress that I felt very well pre PM and had none of these symptoms as my problems were only happening during the night.
Sorry for this overly long and probably boring post!
Sue from London