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Posted by johnnyc on 2014-10-24 20:27. 4 comments. 58 reads
 
I had a pacemeker installed on February 18, 2014, approximately 8 months ago. Pacemaker is working fine, on demand setting and activates only 2% of the time when my heartbeat goes below 40 per minute.

I am still uncomfortable/tight in the pacemaker site but that will probably be something that I willl have to live with.
Prior to the pacemaker (I am age 67) I did 20 pushups a day and used my rowing machine twice a week for 15/20 minutes a session.
Rowing and pushups will put considerable pressure on the pacemaker site.
Does anyone have experience with these two excercises and how they might affect the scar tissue and 2 lead wires?
Thank you,
John

Posted by mrdredge on 2014-10-23 16:48. 8 comments. 97 reads
 
I have a St Jude Pacemaker/Defibrialtor and was wondering if I could scuba dive and what the restriction would be?

Same questions for piloting an aircraft for pleasure? Recent laws have given flexibility for those folks with ICDs.

I know CA DMV will not allow a Class A commercial license with my installed unit anyone else have any input or thoughts on thiese topics?

Mark

Posted by davstecut on 2014-10-23 16:00. 6 comments. 96 reads
 
Anyone had any experience wearing a backpack? I am going to do some serious hiking, and I would like to know if I need to be worried that the shoulder strap will go just about over my pacemaker.

Posted by natlat on 2014-10-22 11:27. 3 comments. 111 reads
 
Anyone not on beta blockers and have a device (ICD) for tachycardia and are you active regularly and doing well?

I had a sustained vt in April 2014, which docs believe to have been caused by a bout of Myocarditis. I have an ICD and on Sotalol 80mg. I have been running regularly and monitoring my HR with a HRM. I no longer run intensly nor race, just go out for easy runs of 3-5 miles a pop. My pace is slow, endurance sapped and fatigued from the damn things. Regardless, my docs think I will do well in general. They want to wean me from the meds in a few months, and hopefully begin the process next month.

I would love to hear from others who are NOT on medication and doing well - no shocks, no events. Hope to h...


Posted by Aniubh on 2014-10-20 23:28. 2 comments. 124 reads
 
Hey Iam 22 implanted a ppm 1 and half year back after a couple of days of surgery I started gymin wieght lifting now I don't have major problem. My trainer now suggest me to take some protien supliments which contain creatine .. Should I take such suppliments ,, does creatine will effect the stability of pacemaker?
Desperately waiting for ur knowledgeable comments

Posted by MonicaNYC on 2014-10-20 22:01. 4 comments. 197 reads
 
Hi Ladies,
I am just over my 3 month mark of my PM surgery. I have been back to working out (running and yoga) for just about 6 weeks. I find that anything touching my scar or over my PM is very irritating. Is this normal? Will it eventually go away? I unfortunately have to wear a rather supportive bra, especially when run, but I find that my scar gets even more irritated during my yoga practice even if nothing is touching it, between the constant standing and folding, and heart opening poses. It makes it very hard to get my zen on. Any suggestions on how to cope with the irratation, and any hopefully tales of how this will all pass with time would be much appreciated. Thanks Monica

Posted by Shaun on 2014-10-15 06:24. 6 comments. 232 reads
 
I have been a very active cyclist for many years, right up until the day before my PM implant a couple of weeks ago. Just wondering how long I should wait before getting back in the saddle. Also, how do other cyclists maintain their fitness between receiving a PM implant and getting back in the saddle?

Posted by xbvg10 on 2014-10-14 18:08. 4 comments. 173 reads
 
I have dual lead Medtronic 'bout 2 months, no problems. Anyone know if there is a problem with riding ?


Posted by mg on 2014-10-14 05:04. 6 comments. 168 reads
 
Hi, Just looking for comments on a couple of points.
I`m 66 and been active in sport all my life until I started running out of puff a few years ago. Last year I had a mitral and tricuspid valve repair along with a `maze` procedure. They also felt I should be fitted with a CRT-D PM . In general I`ve been quite happy and feel much better. It took quite a few attempts to get the programming correct . Exercise is not a problem now and I know my limits!!
Since the op I seem to suffer from regular headaches while relaxing which my GP has put done to migraines but I`m not sure. The only constant throughout all the ups and downs of recovery is the resting HR is set at 70bpm . Previously while in good shape it would have been 45/50bpm. ...


Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-10-11 14:19. 7 comments. 161 reads
 
Wet and cool run but I completed it. 71/2 months post pm. Looking to run 2:00 +/- 5 minutes. Really hoping for under two. Came close real close 2:01.28, moving time 2:00.48 oh well still feeling good about it. Next planned big event Manchester thanksgiving RR. Manchester CT USA. Wife also ran the half just over 2:35.
Link to my run on Garmin

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/610205718



Posted by Mayor on 2014-10-07 18:51. 3 comments. 205 reads
 
I'm a 63 year old runner with a 6 year old Biotronik Cylos DR-T. At my appointment with the technician today I found out that I've got 6 months of battery life left. Assuming that the devices today are even more advanced than the one I'm having replaced, does anyone have a recommendation for a "late model" pacer that has worked well for you as a runner? I have 2:1 heart block and my Biotronik pacer has worked well for me, but I don't want to miss out on any advancements that have come along since I first was implanted in 2008.

Posted by ODIN on 2014-10-07 16:19. 5 comments. 173 reads
 
Glade I found this site. 51 yrs old. Was working out hard 4 days a week till about 4 weeks ago when I had a pacemaker put in. Totally unexepected. Was doing sets of 295lbs on the bench very strict for 5. Any thoughts on how long I should before Before benching again. Many Thanks

Posted by DavidT76 on 2014-10-03 20:19. 2 comments. 240 reads
 
Pushups, Chin-ups, Dips, or Bench presses with a 3 lead CRT-D installed? I'll ask my EP next time we chat, but that could be awhile. I just had it installed on 9/19/2014, so I do realize that there is a bit more waiting time before these activities should possibly begin.

Thanks! - Dave

Posted by H-skate on 2014-10-02 17:16. 7 comments. 315 reads
 
I have been back to playing hockey for three months and I still am having issues. I've had my device tweaked twice already. The first time they lifted the "governor" for 150 to 180. That helped to some degree. But I was still getting fatigued way too quickly when I played. So, I went back for a 2nd consult with the MFG rep. He seemed to know exactly what I was saying. Things seemed better the next time out. But now I start out strong and then go down hill as time progresses. Even when I'm resting between shifts, I don't seem to recover. It's almost as if my device doesn't calm down enough to let me recover. But the end of my time playing I start to see stars and get headaches (obviously not very good and seems to be an oxygen is...


Posted by JRF on 2014-10-01 23:03. 0 comments. 110 reads
 
Thanks for the comments. I really appreciate the well informed and thoughtful reply. To answer your question, I use a maximum heart rate formula I found in a journal article online:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11153730 The formula is 208 - .7 x age. I came up with 168.8 for myself. I am weighing the risks of surgery versus the benefits of more satisfying exercise and better overall fitness.


Posted by JRF on 2014-09-30 23:58. 3 comments. 247 reads
 
I had a dual chamber pacemaker implanted for av block and bradycardia 19 months ago. I was physically fit before the PM was implanted (biking 20 miles a day, running on weekends, hiking). I have been able to resume these activities and am very grateful for the PM. However, I notice that I "top out" during my runs or bike rides. Basically, I reach a plateau when I am exercising and can't push past it. I notice it particularly when biking or running up a steep pitch. My PM has a maximum HR setting of 150 bpm.The technician has adjusted the PM on my last visit but this has not resolved the issue. My maximum HR should be around 168 based on my age. When I do the treadmill tests, I am at 150 bpm almost the whole time and the readings from ...


Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-09-29 08:55. 5 comments. 173 reads
 
Well i started and finished my first and for today i say last century. little warm on the east cost yestreday, not that it would had made me feel any better. Link to activity below, messed up the Garmin at the start didn't record data for first 17 miles..

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/601275375
PS still think my HR does not go up where it should other on the ride were much higher especially on the climbs.

Posted by lcwr on 2014-09-28 13:34. 3 comments. 171 reads
 
Hi - my son has a pacemaker and he used to be in the marching band - he played percussion instruments so he used to wear the harnesses that carry the mallets (xylophones), bass drums, snare drums. Does anyone know of any harnesses that can be used that won't rest on the pacemaker area? or is his "percussion" marching band days over!!

Any info or any website you can point me to would be greatly appreciated!!!

Lisa

Posted by GingerVa on 2014-09-27 16:41. 7 comments. 286 reads
 
I got my pacemaker about 3 1/2 weeks ago and started a walking routine. 2 day after surgery about 1/3 of a mile, not far. Over the course of a week I got up to a mile and have been walking 1-2 miles a day. Since my goal is to run a 5 k race I decided to walk that distance today. I'm 60 and pretty fit but I am completely exhausted, could hardly make it home. It is how I felt before the pacemaker when I would walk a mile.
I'm pretty bummed out. I thought it was going to be a cake walk.
Is this normal? Maybe stick with 1-2 miles a little longer?

Posted by PaulFromSydney2 on 2014-09-25 21:55. 10 comments. 345 reads
 
Haven't posted in a while as everything going great. Exercise almost every day. Feeling good. Forget that I have a PM.
I do have a question though (admittedly feel guilty asking given so many people on this site are doing it tough and this is trivial!)

At my last check up I had my upper HR changed to allow it to get to 160bpm (from max 130). Alas I can't get my HR anywhere near this.
When running it sits / maxes between 120 and 130. Admittedly not sprinting but still at a reasonable 5min 40sec per km pace. I have even done some hill training and it peaks at 130.
I have read that you should have a peak HR at around 220 - age (for males). For me this would be 167.

My question is what is normal. How does ...




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