Tachy Brady - can your body heal itself?

March '08 diagnosed with Tachy Brady ... low pulse while running was the start, over the next three weeks ''normal'' pulse declined 30 bpm to surgery.

After 1st month pacing 100% of the time. With first adjustment that went to 50%. A second adjustment to help me get back to running and the pacer remained at 50%.

Now one month later, I'm told i'm pacing at 5% for both upper and lower chambers.

I did not get any explanation from the cardiologist, only the question what had I done differently in the past month?

Is this possible? Or is it more likely his equipment was not functioning correctly?


why not?!

by Tracey_E - 2008-07-16 11:07:09

I doubt the equipment could be that far off, it's more likely it's you. Not likely is not impossible! After 15 yrs of pacing 99.9% of the time and underlying rate in the 30's, over the last 6 months I've had an underlying rate in the 60's, been taking over on my own when I hit 130 when I work out and I forget the percentage pacing but it's nowhere close to what it used to be. No reason, no explanation, just a lot of head scratching at the cardiologist's office. :o)

Same thing too

by TKS - 2008-07-17 05:07:40

A year after my implant (PM) I was down to pacing at 5%. Dr. thought it was probably pacing when my heart rate dropped while sleeping.

While that was the only explanation I got, I wondered if some of it is a continous amount of medication (I take Toprol daily) in your system? I'm not a doctor but honestly don't know what else it could be. PM settings maybe? I just don't know...it's all speculation for me. But, like Chrissie says, the battery should last longer!



Good question

by Wingart - 2008-07-17 12:07:26

I was diagnosed with 3rd degree block & bradycardia and had my pm was implanted in November 2007.
At my 12 week check in Jnauary 2008 I was pacing 100% in the ventricles and 100% in the atria.
At my 6 month check earlier this week the ventricles are still pacing 100% but the atria are now only pacing 18%.
Like you I did not get an explanation.

The good new through, the battery should last longer. LOL
Wishing you the best

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