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Posted by golden_snitch on 2016-05-01 13:59. 4 comments. 82 reads
 
Dear all,

I have finally decided to apply for the "Medtronic Global Heroes 2016" program. If selected, I'll be running the Medtronic TC 10 Miles race in Minneapolis in October.

Now, to support my application, family members, friends etc. can recommend me as a global hero. If you'd like to do this, please go to their website and fill out the form (my confirmation number is: D4NQ7JYQLY7).

https://medtronic.cvent.com/events/global-heroes-application-and-recommendation-form/registration-6565d2efbba0436f88009a23938edd0b.aspx

Thanks a lot for your support!

Inga

Posted by Bibkin on 2016-04-30 07:52. 1 comments. 86 reads
 
I'm 67, pretty fit and a keen golfer. Three months after a pacemaker implant I had to have a second procedure to reposition a lead. I guess I'm back to square one in terms of recovery and it is driving me nuts. How long must I wait before safely returning to golf? Six weeks? Three months?

Posted by Cardiovert on 2016-04-30 05:20. 1 comments. 62 reads
 
I am a 66 year old male trying to decide between the respiration based Boston Scientific Vitalio PM or the Biotronics CLS Pacer. I have a chronotropic incompetence diagnosis due to sinus node dysfunction. My primary goal in getting a pacemaker is to retrieve the upper 20% of my max heart rate that I lost about a year ago.
I am or I should say was an age group Internationally competitive endurance athlete and have lost the ability to train or compete. Like many of you I also have quality of life issues living with a sick sinus node. But my priority is to select a rate adaptive pacemaker that is most likely to give me Max heart rate back.
Would much appreciate comments on the advantages of a respiration based technology like the...


Posted by brandon.white505@gmail.com on 2016-04-27 15:53. 0 comments. 47 reads
 
Hi! My name is Brandon and I'm a student in college and have a question so anyone feel free to chime in. Recently a family friend had mentioned that she had a concern about her child with pacemaker playing sports becuase she couldn't find an appropriate guard for his abdominal pacemaker. Is this a problem for other parents? I have access to an awesome creation lab with some serious hardware and want to help. So any thoughts or input would be great!

Posted by Pattywack on 2016-04-23 22:12. 3 comments. 149 reads
 
I recently had my PM implant 3-25-16 trying to go back very slowly to Crossfit. Any body with a PM have any experience with PM and CF? Doing Cardio at CF and air squats etc... Nothing to compromise my PM.

Posted by hawaiilad on 2016-04-19 21:32. 3 comments. 185 reads
 
Both myself and my wife have back problems and we just purchased an inversion table. She uses it a couple times a day and I used it one time so far but just wasn't sure about it. First of all I have had my PM for only 5 weeks and did not try putting my arms over my head. I already have dizzy spells when standing so not surprised to have them again when being inclined. But wondering if this is save for me to use at this point, Did it help my back, not sure since I only used it one time...but my wife loves it.

Posted by Gailae on 2016-04-18 20:18. 3 comments. 218 reads
 
I ride and jump horses, work out on the elliptical / gym.
I have had problems lately with shortness of breath while jumping my horse and getting light headed. After a stress test it was found as I near my 145 top end limit I start to throw in extra ventricular beats and then go 2 to 1 and I winkyback!!!
It is difficult to gauge what my pulse is on a jumping course but I assume this is what is happening. They are not sure whether the motion of my horse is increasing my heart rate along with the exercise as really I feel my heart rate should not go up that high riding.
Does anyone have similar experiences?
What if I ignore it and keep winkybacking? Is this dangerous and have a long term effect?

Posted by yukon on 2016-04-17 16:57. 3 comments. 212 reads
 
Hi Folks,

I have a Medtronic ICD, am paced at 55 bpm and have no upper limit. Lately I feel like my heart is going to burst out of my chest when exercising and am wondering what my heart rate is. Usually when I stop to take it I find it is about 130 bpm which seem very low for the amount I am exerting myself. I am just generally curious and with all the new technology available this is something I may be able to do all the time.

I have read that a Fitbit works with and ICD and a couple friends love them. It is quite pricey though and some of the reviews are contradictory.

Does anyone have any other suggestions?

Thanks!

Posted by Lisalac on 2016-04-16 03:53. 11 comments. 504 reads
 
Super excited because I am doing my first 1/2 marathon race tomorrow since getting my pace maker on 1 December 2015. Might not be the fastest one I've run but I'm so grateful to even be able to do it especially in beautiful Jasper, Alberta, Canada. Wish me luck :)

Posted by tcportman on 2016-04-14 20:33. 6 comments. 349 reads
 
This post appeared in the General section. I thought the Exercise and Sports section would be most appropriate. If not, sorry for the duplication.
I have been running for 50 years. At 67 I’ve developed bradycardia and heart block. I can’t run 10 yards without feeling the shutdown. No passouts yet, but of course I am planning to get a pacemaker. My cardiologist at the University of Washington says I can expect to resume running, cross country skiing, weightlifting, playing golf. So does anyone have any experience suggesting which pacemaker would be the best for my interests? There are so many brands. I’d really like to know which can easily handle increasing HR with increasing exercise, and which have the lowest risk of a w...


Posted by frankmcw on 2016-04-10 18:45. 9 comments. 312 reads
 
Running with an ADVISA DR A2DR01 since Jan'15, the "Rate Response" Optimization setting has been set to On. My question is this: does the Optimization On / Off turn on or off all of the settings of the "Rate Response" function? Or is the Optimization feature only that part of "Rate Response" that analyzes the cardio history and fine tunes the settings based on the data? Finally, are all of the functions under the "Rate Response" section (on the printout from my session with my Medtronic rep) refered to as the "Accelerometer"? Or, is the Optimization feature alone refered to as the Accelerometer? I would like to turn off the Optimization feature and then tweak the other settings under "Rate Response" (such as: ADL Response from 3 to 4...


Posted by London on 2016-04-10 17:46. 2 comments. 171 reads
 
I am a 75 yr. old female & had 2 valves repaired, hole in heart repaired, ablation and pacemaker installed In Sept.2015, all Medtronic equipment...I am involved in a Cardiac Rehab exercise plan at our local hospital which involves exercises with hand weights, stretching, & walk 1 1/2 miles twice per wk. For these exercises I use 3 lb. hand weights..does not sound like much compared to others but lifting heavier bothers my pacemaker site & surrounding muscles...should I try to increase the weights & build up the muscles or just stick to what I do???? I also have a small frame & the pacemaker is quite noticeable...Thanks

Posted by Icuh8n on 2016-04-07 23:42. 2 comments. 210 reads
 
Anybody had problems surfing with your pacemaker?.

Posted by Alastair on 2016-04-05 23:23. 4 comments. 271 reads
 

I've had my dual lead ICD for a year. After 2 months I needed my atrial lead re anchored but since then it's been ok and the device hasn't paced or bumped me.
I've posted here before and received good info and comments. Prior to an episode of Poly VT I did a lot of cycling, swimming and running to a good standard. I'd like to think now about doing them again, perhaps not competitively but in some form. I swim a bit now but across the board I have a latent fear of pushing it. Meaning as soon as my heart starts working and I can feel it I back off. Running scared in other words.
Any similar experiences out there?

Posted by yendorh on 2016-04-04 22:45. 0 comments. 173 reads
 
thanks for all replys,have used device and am not dead yet!!!
looks like optical monitoring is safe as well as Bluetooth.
once again thanks for your interest.
incidentaly ihave had no complications or discomfort,almost a miracle cure for a dead man!
regards yendorh

Posted by Alastair on 2016-04-04 15:25. 2 comments. 210 reads
 
I've had my dual lead ICD for a year. After 2 months I needed my atrial lead re anchored but since then it's been ok and the device hasn't paced or bumped me.
I've posted here before and received good info and comments. Prior to an episode of Poly VT I did a lot of cycling, swimming and running to a good standard. I'd like to think now about doing them again, perhaps not competitively but in some form. I swim a bit now but across the board I have a latent fear of pushing it. Meaning as soon as my heart starts working and I can feel it I back off. Running scared in other words.
Any similar experiences out there?

Posted by Magisjim@aol.com on 2016-04-02 21:13. 1 comments. 204 reads
 
Pretty pacemaker I waist doing 10 to 11 minted Mike's for 10th & 5 know races age group 65 - 69 and swimming 1500 yards 3 times week. Got pacemaker 1/12/16 returned to training after 8 weks. Is a struggle to do 500 yards swim and run more than a minute at a time for 14 -15/min miles. Also on flecanide is this normal? Ifeed it is how long before I am back to "old" self? Any hints, tips appreciated.

Posted by Blanchje on 2016-04-01 18:52. 4 comments. 354 reads
 
I'm 58 and a couple years ago was diagnosed with a left bundle branch block. Follow-ups with my cardiologist showed a decrease in my EF indicating early stage heart failure. I'm not overweight, I ride and exercise regularly, I'm a very healthy eater so it's been a bit of a head scratcher. I had a cath and my arteries are clean as can be so all the diagnosis have been listed as idiopathic which is medical for we have no idea. Initial treatment starting about 6 months ago, was Lisinopril and an increasing dose of Coreg. From day one on the meds I felt like absolute crap. In talking to my cardiologist he has felt in my situation a CRT pacemaker was the ticket. Problem was I fell into the zone for coverage of not sick enough. My doc didn't giv...


Posted by emuell on 2016-03-29 12:18. 10 comments. 539 reads
 
Hi! I'm super-grateful for this forum.

I'm male, 45, 6'6", 210, athletic with diagnosis of Bradycardia, Av Block, 1st Degree, Second Degree Av Bloc, Right Bundle Branch Block.

My question is regarding the possibility of finding a doctor who will support an active lifestyle (surfing, swimming, nordic skiing, rowing, triathlons.) My original referral for an EP seems to be the most accomplished and experienced in the area, but not super-athletic. In mentioning any kind of activity that involved extending my arm, he was not super supportive. (Like I should not plan on doing push-ups or pull-ups?!?)

Should I be shopping around for possibly traveling to another EP who would support my lifestyle better? Or, should...


Posted by yendorh on 2016-03-27 20:46. 6 comments. 313 reads
 
I am 69y old,had heart block,fitted pm 5 weeks ago,feel 20y younger.want to go back to gym,which I was using before I became ill.bought execise monitor which says don't use with implanted pm! it has weak Bluetooth signal,far less than my cellphone or tablet,but manufacturer won't commit to safe use.anyone else using device silimar to FITBIT or other?regards Yendor



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