Today was my annual pacemaker check. Since implant (in May 2017) the rates have been set to 50 day and 40 at night. I was happy to learn today (from the pacemaker download)that since my ablation in December the only afib was the 3 days I knew about.
The technician also informed me that I use the pacemaker 18% of the time. He then told me he was going to reduce the day rate down to 40 and therefore my heart should be doing most of the work.At the moment my heartrate is potentially a bit higher due to the after effects of the ablation but that’s fine and I am not concerned with a resting heart rate in the 40’s for approximately 20% of the time.
I don’t have a good understanding of the aetiology of Afib and was wondering if the rate reduction has the potential to initiate Afib again? Will the slower rate lead to the formation of the rogue signals/pathways again?
I do have an appointment with my EP at the end of the month so I will ask the question to him; but was just wondering if anyone else had turned their pacemaker down and what was their experience? Or does anyone with a better understanding of Afib have any thoughts or opinions?