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Posted by Kaitland on 2014-04-15 12:39. 10 comments. 118 reads
 
Well, tomorrow is the big day-I go to the hospital to get my PM! This site has been so helpful. I have asked for implanted vs. just under the skin and have made it clear that cycling/spinning is my main cardio activity and that I need a PM that will allow me to get my heart rate up. All those pointers came from reading postings on this site.
I plan to be up and walking around my neighborhood straight away and heading back to spin class ASAP!


Posted by jfasoneholder on 2014-04-13 11:49. 4 comments. 140 reads
 
I had my PM installed in January. Had bradycardia, HR in low 30's and shortness of breath. Am 61 year old female, no other meds, incredibly active and fit. Had a medtronic RR pacemaker put in- have had a couple adjustments. Current HR range is 55-155 which works well if I'm on a treadmill, swimming, doing Pilates, etc. If I spin, it is horrible. I bang on it repeatedly to get it up and I can't get it above 105ish ( My daily living setting) If I get it up momentarily, in seconds it falls back down. I'm going back to my tech but would appreciate any advice on what setting needs to be adjusted so I can spin and not be dying or pounding the whole time?

Posted by kmom on 2014-04-11 19:43. 6 comments. 105 reads
 
When can you start doing aerobics or at least "dancing" to music. I did a little today but felt the pm shaking around in there a little uncomfortable but it felt so awesome to be able to do it because I haven't been able to do it in a long time. I wasn't out of breath and had the energy to do so. I just don't want to over do and shake something loose. Can I start bike and tread mill?? I had my implant on Monday 4/7.

Posted by canada on 2014-04-10 22:18. 1 comments. 61 reads
 
Pacemaker inserted jan 6 left side. Now when I overuse my left arm, carrying groceries, walking sticks ,rowing at the gym I get a dull ache under my collar bone which goes away in a day or so.

Posted by amethyst34 on 2014-04-10 16:15. 10 comments. 197 reads
 
Hi,
I have had a Boston Scientific Dual lead pacemaker for three years following a complete Av Node ablation.

I am very intolerant to exercise, I feel like I am hitting a brick wall on walking up stairs or just the slightest of inclines. I m only 38 and feel like a 90 year Old, breathless to the point I feel my heart needs to beat more but won't!

Have been told the pacemaker settings are correct!

Does anyone please have any suggestions? I'm seeing pacemaker clinic tomorrow.

Thank you
Karen

Posted by BillRanken on 2014-04-10 09:29. 6 comments. 188 reads
 
Hello,

I am a 59 year old male with a 15+ year history of lone AFIB but no CAD. After 4 ablations, my AFIB was finally knocked out (if anyone wants info on who did my last procedure I would be happy to provide that) but developed sick sinus syndrome, hence a PM no defib was implanted on 10/31/12 at John Hopkins, so much for Trick or Treat. It is a two wire PM with wires in the right atrium and ventricle. I am currently on no meds. In Jan I started exercising for all the obvious reasons. I can get my heart rate into the 130/140s over 40+ minutes on the elliptical, but barely run a 1/4 mile without having to stop. And I still get winded walking up a flight of stairs. Being a former Marine and exercising most of my life, I k...


Posted by Forgiven on 2014-04-05 22:43. 5 comments. 163 reads
 
Hi folks,
Well I got to join the club this last week. Not something I had in my plans. I'm right in the middle of training for a 70.3 Ironman. I'm told I can resume cycling and running within a couple weeks but will need to stay out of the pool for 3-6 weeks. What has been the "norm" around here with the athletes?

I had a case of A-Fib a month ago, then an echocardiogram done that was "normal". I wore a monitor for a week and that's when they found that my heart was "taking a brake" (AV-block)at in opportune times, although I wasn't having typical symptoms. The lack of daily symptoms made it hard to accept as well.

Anyway, I have no doubt I'll have lots of questions for you all in the next few weeks/months.


Posted by GDub on 2014-04-05 02:45. 4 comments. 170 reads
 
Hello all!

I am a new member and was just inducted to life with a pacemaker. Sick Sinus Syndrome and a-fib. Ticker was 28-30 bpm at rest. I am a runner-backpacker & cyclist and had my pacer installed for three weeks today. I started hiking every other day last Tuesday for exercise - slow - to avoid pulling leads or messing something up but I have noticed a definite shock sensation in what feels internal just at the left side right in the sternum area when walking downhill. No issues hiking uphill but the sensation when it happens is a bit disconcerting. Makes my imagination go to places I would prefer to avoid.

Has anybody in this forum felt anything similar and have feedback that they would share? I apologiz...


Posted by Robert122085 on 2014-04-04 18:08. 2 comments. 99 reads
 
I've been doing some push ups nothing more than usual and now my chest just below the area feels bruised. Anyone else go through something like this. Oh and my PM was implanted in November

Posted by mhj on 2014-04-04 12:11. 0 comments. 105 reads
 

I had inserted a Biotronik Estella DR-T for almost three weeks ago. I train with a Garmin Forerunner 910XT. Three months ahead I will use a training plan I downloaded from Garmin's website. I like to train with heart rate zones.

How can I calculate my heart rate zones so they look right so I'm getting better? Especially in running. Once I start running put my pacemaker pulse up to max (155), where it stays until I start to walk again. (That will be zone 5 during the hole pass)

Does anyone have an equal pm and know about the motion sensor can be adjusted. I was at my first check last week and then max heart rate was increased from 145 to 155 Now when I go fast or driving on a bumpy road, I recognize a flutter...


Posted by FighterGirlxx on 2014-04-02 19:04. 1 comments. 89 reads
 
Dear all,

I was wondering whether anyone who works out in the gym or goes swimming and has had a PM (+/- a subclavian clot) has ever had throbbing pain around subclavian and the left neck when exercising and raising their heart rate? I have tried to get answers elsewhere (medical folk) and after a long break from this site - last year sometime I think, figured I would see if anyone on here, however far flung, may be able to help?

It would just be nice to know if it is a common occurrence, whether it will go away after a time etcetera? Pacemaker is about 3 or so years old (time disappears!)

Thank you

Posted by Papajoe on 2014-04-01 15:29. 11 comments. 285 reads
 
Does a heart rate monitor wristwatch with a chest sensor work with a pacemaker ? If so what is the best basic one I should get? With my heart problems I had before the pacer , they would never work right.

Posted by Tao on 2014-03-31 17:42. 2 comments. 105 reads
 
I had my pm implanted four months ago. Tomorrow I am going back to my Pilates course for the first time since. Are there any movements I should be careful about? Stretching? Any ideas on the subject?

Posted by LTaukiri on 2014-03-31 04:51. 4 comments. 149 reads
 
Hi everyone.

I've read in quite a few forums about people asking if they can do or can continue to do martial arts once they have pacemakers and the answers and comments that have been posted that it differs depending on the GP or Doctor.

I have always been a fan of martial arts and have always been keen to learn, not only for exercise but also for self defence, as, lets face it, the world has gotten dangerous and every advantage taken now will benefit later on.

But, as expected, I have a pacemaker, had one since I was 10 weeks old. I'm 22 now and really need to become fit an healthy, but by doing something that interests me rather then bore me. But my question is: am I able to learn Martial Arts with a pa...


Posted by Termite on 2014-03-30 23:19. 8 comments. 166 reads
 
My doctor has informed me that, while it is not imparative that I get a pacemaker immediately, he says that I will need one sooner rather than later. I am thinking of getting it done now so I can train at least a little bit for Summer Nationals in August. My doctor says that I will feel better and train better with a pacemaker. Is he correct? I have a very low heart rate which is why my doctor is recommending a pacemaker.

Does anybody have advice for me? Should I get the inevitable over with or should I delay for as long as possible?

Posted by Shock on 2014-03-29 15:41. 6 comments. 111 reads
 
Just had an ICD installed 4 weeks age and still not able to get moving. I had an MI in 2004 and it destroyed 80% of the anterior section of my heart. I have CHF for the last 3 years and my EFR went down to 28%. I'm 52, was in great shape not so great now lol

So anyone else similar? I'm looking for input I guess to settle my mind a little if that makes sense at all to anyone. Thanks.

Posted by Lacovi on 2014-03-28 22:49. 3 comments. 152 reads
 
Hi everybody,
I'm a 58 year old woman who has been doing regular aerobic and weight lifting exercise for the last 38 years.
I had a dual lead PM implanted 16 days ago due to advanced heart block that was causing me to faint. My recovery has been good, I'm back to doing my daily walks combined with exercising on the elliptical machine and no problems so far. My yoga and weight lifting are a different story.
This is where i'm very confused:
1) before the pacemaker doing a light yoga routine ( no pretzel or really advanced postures) was part of my life since I tend to get really tight on my shoulder-neck and upper back area when I'm stressed about something. Stretching helped me a lot.
2) also, lifting 5 lb dumbell...


Posted by trujillo.leeroy@yahoo.com on 2014-03-28 01:39. 5 comments. 104 reads
 
Hello Yoga friends,

Just started a yoga class lots of stretching etc. Are there any restriction on movements. Had my PM installed January 18, 1913.

Thanks
Lee

Posted by titanium12 on 2014-03-27 21:38. 0 comments. 40 reads
 
I've had a couple of pulmonary embolisms and subclavian clot. I still have chronic remnants. Is it normal to get a pressure/discomfort like pain when you exercise or increase your hr after all this? Sometimes feels like it is going from my upper chest/neck to my ear and its making me nervous about working out.

Posted by JANET51 on 2014-03-27 20:38. 2 comments. 140 reads
 
i have been given a fit bit flex but i am not sure if i can use it with the pacemaker?



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