Chronotropic incompetence is defined as the inability of the heart to regulate its rate appropriately in response to physiologic stress. It is a progressive cardiac disease and worsens over a short period of time2.
In general, if chronotropic incompetence is symptomatic, i.e. the patient suffers from fatigue, shortness of breath or the like, the only treatment is a pacemaker with a rate response sensor. Boston Scientific uses a clinically proven MV blended sensor to restore chronotropic incompetence3.
"It is fantastic to see that switching on the MV blended sensor has instantly improved my patients’ quality of life!"
Dr. Van Dijkman (The Netherlands)
In the current pacemaker population many patients do not receive the appropriate heart rates for their daily activities.
The main limitation is related to the fact that the accelerometer alone in a pacemaker cannot detect all the movements.
Walking up a flight of stairs or riding a bicycle are just a few examples illustrating the limitations of the accelerometer.
At the end it will leave the patient chronotropically incompetent.
Chronotropic incompetence is real and can be treated. Physicians throughout Europe see the difference in daily practice when they use the ALTRUA™ MV blended sensor to restore their patients’ chronotropic response to daily exercise. In many cases these patients seem completely transformed and are able to do their daily activities they used to do.
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