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Posted by Icuh8n on 2016-05-24 17:05. 3 comments. 46 reads
 
I had a cabgx3 25 months ago, pacemaker Feb.2016. Has anyone been doing crunches successfully without issues. Appreciate some feed back. Thanks.

Posted by coxy on 2016-05-24 14:49. 2 comments. 51 reads
 
Hi, I've had my Pacemaker for 3 months, and I'm now back on my elliptical cross trainer. However I'm a bit weary about using my chest pulse sensor.
Any advice would be appreciated.


Posted by Nehixson on 2016-05-23 05:58. 5 comments. 160 reads
 
Hi....I'm new to the group....I turn 51 tomorrow and have had my PM a year. Had a few complications (lead punctured my heart causing a rather significant pericardial effusion, a week later had to have pericardial window surgery, went into respiratory failure and a day later had a lung collapse) prior to all these issues, I was an avid runner (7 miles a day without batting an eye) but since my PM the most I've done is 4 miles and it absolutely kills me! My doctor said we'd do a treadmill test and make adjustments if necessary. I had that done a few days ago but it only lasted about 5 minutes, only saw the nurse who conducted it and never even pretended to run. I thought a tech from the PM company would be there to make any nessary adjustme...


Posted by pcuser on 2016-05-21 14:26. 8 comments. 238 reads
 
I am 66 year old female. Had a Medtronic PM May 2015. Doctors says Tread Mill OK but no upper body exercises that would pull leads out including no fishing. He gives no guidance on what I can do. My arms are getting and looking weaker. I have bow-flex at house that I am now only using for my legs. What upper body exercises can I do? and what type of Physical trainer do I seek? I live in Ft Lauderdale.

Posted by Heartfelt on 2016-05-16 20:10. 4 comments. 190 reads
 
Hello, I will be getting a pm soon and was wondering if anyone could comment on what swimming laps is like with the pm implant.
Thanks.

Posted by odonicola on 2016-05-11 13:47. 3 comments. 254 reads
 
Hi all, I'm 18 years old and had my pacemaker implanted on the 1st of Feb 2016 due to complete heart block. I'm just wondering about weight lifting. What would be the recommended limit for weights? Am I even allowed to lift weights this soon after the surgery? I'm also pretty anxious about doing stuff like that anyway, I'm scared to even lift things that are just slightly heavy, but I'm sure all that will pass soon. Thanks in advance for replies.

Posted by elleninseattle@gmail.com on 2016-05-08 06:59. 5 comments. 339 reads
 
I got up this morning to walk on the treadmill to motivate myself to loose weight because I am obese. When I was done I went decided to go past my sons house to do a little cleaning and wash some clothes, but as I was climbing the steps to his apartment I had to stop at the 3 landing of steps to catch my breath and all of a sudden I felt this pain in my chest that felt like a bomb had exploded. I am curious what that is. I have a pace maker and a difibulator implant. Could this possibly been my device going off?
Any help will do.

Thank You Pat

Posted by tpenrose on 2016-05-05 19:22. 2 comments. 224 reads
 
I'm in my 4th week of recovery from having a Biotronick 2 lead pm installed. I was told to wait a month before resuming playing golf. I would like some feedback from those of you who have a pm and play golf. How long did you wait before making a full swing with a golf club? Any recommended stretches? I've resumed daily cardio workouts with an elliptical but haven't resumed upper body workouts with weights yet. That was part of the month waiting period as well.


Posted by merrickmp on 2016-05-04 03:22. 4 comments. 286 reads
 
Does anyone have a pacemaker implanted beneath the pectoral muscle that can comment on how it has affected the ability to lift weights, carry a backpack, and in general how it affects a very active lifestyle? It is going to happen and now I'm just trying to prepare myself. My condition is relatively asymptomatic but my ejection fraction is low and I have familial problems. Can one do dumb bell flies, pushups, etc?

Posted by golden_snitch on 2016-05-01 13:59. 12 comments. 693 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. 253 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. 2 comments. 254 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. 186 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. 300 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. 295 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. 318 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. 5 comments. 336 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. 12 comments. 605 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. 489 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. 374 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...




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