St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by KiwiniD on 2015-08-03 19:50. 5 comments. 142 reads
 
I am a 69 year old triathlete and having a PM implanted this week. I have a low resting heart rate, about 42. I have been experiencing dizziness and shortness of breath when running. On a recent stress EKG, my HR did not rise above 74 when I was running on the treadmill. When not exercising, I sometimes have mild symptoms, but am generally OK.

I understand that a PM will pace the heart of a sedentary person to a higher HR if it falls below a set level and bring it back to a certain minimum.

My question: Can a PM sense that running is putting an increased demand on my heart and pace it to a higher HR, perhaps 125 or 130?

Thanks


Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2015-08-01 11:58. 4 comments. 120 reads
 
I want to go up to 15 lbs on my biscep and other exercises. My pacemaker has been installed for 4 years. Should I have any problems ?

Posted by Willseajr on 2015-08-01 04:37. 2 comments. 89 reads
 
From my understanding there is no problem with using a Fitbit with my pm. However, my question is specifically with the Charge HR which tracks heart rate as well as tracking other entities. I am not sure of the technology involved in capturing the heart rate and wondered if there is any interference or potential for problems between this device and my pm. I suppose I should call Fitbit as well as my EP's office but wondered if anyone else has looked into this! Just don't want to mess up my pm! Thanks.

Posted by SoCal-TV on 2015-07-20 23:33. 1 comments. 161 reads
 
I have a Boston Scientific k173. I had the tech put the accelerometer on passive, and just use the minute ventilator. After several adjustments it seems to work great. A lot better than the St Jude I had before.

When I get on a strider in the gym on a low setting and use just my left arm, the HR goes to the max 155 within 30 seconds. When I use just the right arm it slows to about 110. I am not breathing hard at all. Is there something wrong with my pacer?

The same thing with rowing exercises. Left arm use shoots it up but right arm only it stays low.

Does anyone have some insight?

Posted by ptelge on 2015-07-14 19:26. 8 comments. 375 reads
 
Hi
I am 44 female with a PM for 22 months, active lifestyle, yoga, running, work full time, 3 kids, give free yoga classes on saturdays, walk my dog... :)
I used to run 6 miles a day at 9.5 min/mile but 18 months before my PM my running capacity was reduced dramatically, the speed drop down and I had to walk for periods of time. I got my PM in August 2013 and still haven´t recovered my capacity.
Now I run 3.5 miles a day at 13 min/mile have to stop for a walk, my PM works 97% of the time and when I run, my HBR doesn´t goes above 115 HBR.
I´ve read about people with PM doing marathons, maybe it´s because the PM settings? any idea?
In my last appointment with the doctor, he turned the PM off and my heart didn´t...


Posted by ScoobyT on 2015-07-13 13:09. 2 comments. 224 reads
 
I've had an ICD since 2001 and at 37 am on my 3rd device. I was originally diagnosed in 1992 with a dilated cardiomyopathy due to a viral infection. Since that time we've discovered it to be genetic. My mother was diagnosed at 45 and died at 57 after a number of complications. My brother recently had a heart transplant just before his 30th birthday. I luckily have been somewhat stable, but have had treatment since I was 14.

Over that period of time I've struggled with sleeplessness, anxiety, depression, PTSD (from excessive firings), and excessive weight (caused by thyroid removal due to complications with meds). Weight training has always been the most cathartic way for me to emotionally deal with my condition. Aside from the...


Posted by nina2301 on 2015-07-12 20:33. 2 comments. 154 reads
 
I am 34 years old and have pacemaker and am dependent on it... I have had it for a year and half and I am completely dependent on it... Has anyone ever felt while working out or after that your heart hurts?? It feels like a sore
Muscle??

Posted by glenn.cakemaster@gmail.com on 2015-07-12 12:39. 2 comments. 148 reads
 
Hi All,
I am 65 years old.
I had a quadruple bypass about 11 years ago. I got a St Judes defibulator(never used:-)). 3 years ago it was replaced.
My injection fraction had been around 36 before the operation. After the operation I had built it up to around 46, when suddenly it collapsed.Mentally it was shocking, but I still felt pretty good.
I play a lot of tennis with guys half my age at mid B level.
Unfortunately the left side of my heart was weakening and a crt-d replaced my defibulator.
I am now back on the courts after a 4 week layoff and am doing great.
It is hot here in Atlanta, but I have no problem getting through 3 to 5 sets of tennis a few times a week.
I am feeling pretty good and hope i...


Posted by Rondock on 2015-07-11 15:26. 4 comments. 152 reads
 
I had a pacemaker implanted one week ago and I ran my first 3 miles this morning and got a 30 mile bike ride in this afternoon. Before the procedure to correct a Brady situation, I was very concerned about taking a lot of time off from training. After my one week check-up, I was given the green light to run and bike. I am posting this to let other athletes who may go through the same procedure, that, at least for me, this was a bump in the road. I do not want to minimize the seriousness of this procedure but do want to say that you can return to an exercise regimen rather quickly after the implant. Thanks to the Docs, HCare professionals and the Med Device companies for a new lease on life.

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2015-07-06 17:10. 1 comments. 152 reads
 
I am interested in a fitness tracker. I am looking for recommendations. I do not run, only walk, pilates and weights. Thanks !

Posted by Val60 on 2015-07-02 05:19. 4 comments. 212 reads
 
Hi. I was wondering if anyone has knowledge of exercise bikes with magnetic resistance and if they are safe to use with a PM. I bought one not realising it was magnetic but can't find any information on the manufacturer's site. I am a bit scared to use it now so any information would be greatly received.

Posted by golden_snitch on 2015-07-02 03:01. 0 comments. 136 reads
 
I have written a new blog post on ICDs and exercising, summarizing some of the research I have found on this topic. Hope it helps some patients to tackle their fears of getting shocked while training.

https://arrhythmianewsforpatients.wordpress.com/

You can now also find me on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/Rhythmisit

Inga

Posted by foureyes1941 on 2015-07-01 11:12. 1 comments. 131 reads
 
I had a pacemaker fitted eighteen months ago as I had AF and it is working perfectly. I am aiming to do some tabata training along with a diet to get back some of my fitness as I have put weight on through general inactivity. The question I want to ask of the experts here is would this regime be suitable for me as I am also on benroflumethiazide (10mg) I was a fitness Instructor with a natural low resting heart rate previously but when the AF kicked in, my heart rate was very high, so needed
the pacemaker and these tablets to adjust it to a normal level. Tabata training is working to get the heart rate high for a few seconds with high intensity movements and then rest for a few seconds then start again.

Posted by RamonB1 on 2015-06-30 17:08. 4 comments. 207 reads
 
I am 57 year old male, always been very active, running, working out, & now tennis. I have recently been diagnosed & treated for Grave's disease, a form or hyperthyroidism. this has affected my heart rhythm. I was sent to a Heart specialist who has diagnosed me with tachy brady syndrome. I was told no physical activity except walking, & I would probably need a pacemaker after thyroid treatment was complete. I'm concerned about being able to play tennis. Has anyone had experience with a situation like this?

Posted by newyorkgirl1 on 2015-06-22 22:15. 8 comments. 370 reads
 
I recently had dual lead pacemaker implanted under the muscle. I was told to NOT lift the arm on the side of the implant for three months! Another doctor told me TO lift my arm, otherwise the tendons and ligaments will tighten too much...that I should gently lift my arms over my head!
I am in a quandary and would like feedback from those who had the implant under the muscle, what they were told to do! I don't want to risk pulling the leads out by lifting my arm!!
Thank you...

Posted by Umutgz on 2015-06-22 19:25. 7 comments. 256 reads
 
Im 18 years old and i am a smoker.
im very interested in boxing, always wanted to be a fighter. But because of my condition hypertrophic cardiomyopathy i think i would not be able to do it. I did not tell my doctor that i am a smoker and i also havent asked her about training boxing.
i believe anything is possible but its just something about me telling me that i cant do it. I have never collapased, just been short of breath while running. And also deep heart pains.
someone please give me advice if i should start boxing. Always been a thing for me.
Thank You
Also no pm yet

Posted by scotia on 2015-05-17 19:36. 2 comments. 205 reads
 
Hi

I was just wondering if anyone has used a Bicycle helmet with a magnetic clip for under the chin? I just bought one and once I opened it I notice it is held together by a magnetic clip. Could this interrupt my pacemaker? The magnet does not seem like it is that big. But I really don't know what strength would alter my pacemaker. Any ideas?

Posted by Jimmcgavin on 2015-05-17 16:21. 6 comments. 235 reads
 
I am sitting in hospital waiting to get a pacemaker put in, during a knee scope I had a 6 second pause and after testing and continuous monitoring they have found a few other pauses of 4 and 5 seconds. There is nothing else wrong with heart having had a stress test, their finding that I have bradycarnia with I have had for years, I am very active playing hockey 3 times a week and having a very physical job. I am trying to get all the right information needed to make sure that I need one and get the right answers about placement of device and upper and lower limits to continue to have a normal life . there are people that have shortness of breath because of upper limits exceded, What happens when limits are met

Posted by jjiggers on 2015-05-11 20:15. 2 comments. 202 reads
 
Hi!

Has anyone used and or had any problems using a Weight Watchers Active Link activity monitor? I have always worn it clipped to my bra on the left side, which would be over my PM..

Anyone have input?

Thanks

Posted by wljonesaa on 2015-05-10 11:50. 4 comments. 351 reads
 
6 weeks post op from pacemaker bring fitted and my EP said get back at ot as hard as ever. Keep in mind he is a competitive tri-athlete himself. I do crossfit as ive posted before. My only concern is involving all the repetitive upper body movements is that i will damage a lead by it moving in that one spot over and over. Also ive read warnings where i coukd crush my wires with heavy over head lifting. My doc says i wont. But some people on this site were told not to do these things. What are your experiences with damaging leads



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