PMID: 2476780Sep 1, 1989Paper

A comparative evaluation of a minute ventilation sensing and activity sensing adaptive-rate pacemakers during daily activities

Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology : PACE
C P LauC W Lo


Most studies evaluating the rate response of adaptive-rate pacemakers have been based on treadmill or bicycle exercise. These studies disregard the fact that few pacemaker recipients voluntarily undertake such activities. The rate responses of nine patients (mean age 62 years, range 33-79 years) with implanted minute ventilation sensing (Meta) pacemakers were studied. The indications for pacing were complete heart block (seven patients), sick sinus syndrome (one patient), and five nodal disease (one patient). Significant improvement in maximum distance covered during a 12-minute walking test was observed in the rate adaptive compared to the VVI pacing mode (989 +/- 104 vs 921 +/- 90 m, P less than 0.02). The rate responses of this pacemaker during daily activities were recorded with telemetry during a variety of structured daily activities. The rate responses were also compared to those of an externally attached Activitrax pacemaker in each patient and to a group of ten age and sex matched volunteers. For less strenuous activities such as walking, descending stairs, washing, and bed making, both pacemakers achieved adequate rate responses compared to normal subjects. For more strenuous activities, the Activitrax pacemaker faile...Continue Reading


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