Pacemaker and Asymptomatic Atrial Fibrillation
since a couple of weeks I am a recipient of a dualchamber pacemaker.(conductionsproblems distal of the atrioventr. node). I just had my first control. the cardiologist informed me, that I have a lot of atriumfibrillations. these are asymptomatic. he put a warning on my pacemaker pass :AT/AF Burden exceeded.
this information made me nervous, so I started to do some research. I learned that this is quite common. Since the modern pacemakers are event-recorders as well, these events “become visible”. In the international medical literature it is still a discussion subject. , they call the A-Fib : AHRE (atrial high rate events).
They have no explanations and no suggestions how to avoid them. The occurence does not depend on whether the patient had A-Fib’s before or not. the cardiological society agrees that these fibrillalations are not identical with the well-known A-Fib, which are symptomatic.
I would like to know, if other persons have been confronted with this fenomenon.As I mentioned, up to 40% of the persons with a pacemaker show these AHRE.
(AT/AF means Atriumtachycardia/ Atriumfibrillations)