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Posted by Shaun on 2014-10-15 06:24. 5 comments. 163 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. 138 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. 3 comments. 132 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. 147 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. 189 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. 155 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. 219 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. 300 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. 97 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. 223 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. 155 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. 162 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. 275 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. 325 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 ...


Posted by MonicaNYC on 2014-09-24 20:48. 4 comments. 185 reads
 
Just over two months from my pacemaker surgery, and I have a new goal. Determined to be my doctors first pacemaker patient to run any type of marathon, 1/2 or otherwise. Granted I have an unfair advantage over the competition, being in my 40s and on average decades younger, but it's good to have goals :) Several runs down (albeit slow as molasses to stay within my doctors HR guidelines), still feeling good. First hurdle in sight, 5 mile Turkey Trot!

Posted by eva_rb on 2014-09-23 17:04. 1 comments. 192 reads
 
Since my last few appointments, (around the last year while my resting bpm has been 55) i have noticed that when i do physical activity, even something as small as a brisk walk (even when it's cold) can lead me to get quite hot and sweat (not a lot but more than i would expect) even though i don't get physically tired from it and i was wondering if this could be something to do with the sensitivity of my pacemaker. for example maybe if it is a bit too sensitive then i could be getting the same chemicals and volume of sweat as a normal person would expect when exerting themselves much more because my heart rate is fooling the rest of my body into thinking i am. i have also noticed that if i am talking while i walk i sometimes get slightly ...


Posted by lhogue on 2014-09-23 13:13. 7 comments. 226 reads
 
Hello,
I've read a few posts that people are having problems with their HR monitors. I was just thinking that I needed a new strap. I've only had my PM in for two weeks (getting staples removed today). My pm is set for 50 and will help me reach 140. I don't seem to go over 70 on a 4 mile walk. Today it dropped to 38 but it's not supposed to go below 50. Anyone else have problems with it not picking up your rate? Second question. How long do I have to wait before I get to start exercising? I'd like to cycle soon.
Thanks for any feedback!

Posted by Sparkle on 2014-09-22 00:16. 5 comments. 302 reads
 
Hello everyone. I am 62 yr female and was fitted with a CRT-D quad in July this year. I was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy in June 2000 after contracting a virus. For the last 14 years I have continued with my exercise (boxing, spin, pilates and running). I participate in fun runs with my 4 brothers 3 sisters, 3 grown up children and 2 grandchildren now run. When I competed in my last 10k Fun Run in July noticed half way through run I couldnt feel my legs and was exhausted and had to walk last 2km to the finish line. (72 min). On my yearly checkup cardiologist found my heart was going into heart failure as had E.F. of 28. Surgeonr told me he would fit the PM so I could run, however a month after checkup told me he doesn't want...


Posted by roballen46 on 2014-09-20 19:20. 2 comments. 193 reads
 
I exercised for the first time. My exercise was not the walk I take daily but one in which I decided to see what I can do. I played basketball. I ran for at least 2 minutes straight with the only side effect of weak legs. I was recently fitted with a biventricular pacemaker. That extra lead made all the difference in the world as far as having more air and less side effects of chf

Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-09-20 15:43. 7 comments. 200 reads
 
10K This morning felt pretty good, tough course.


You all are probably getting tired of my post, anyway.
2nd race in four days another 1st place in old men division : ).

And I think back last Nov 22 pasted out (6th time), went to DR two days later with a hr of 37. NO Running or biking 4 months (testing time). PM 2-24-14 couple minor adjustments, last adjustment about 2 months ago. I can say I am a runner & biker. 100 mile ride next weekend, 1/2 Marathon 3 weekends away.

Link to race
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/594848563




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