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Posted by PeteFindlay on 2014-07-25 08:02. 2 comments. 43 reads
 
I've just been signed off as ok to get back to skydiving! 10 weeks post-op.

Understandably, I suppose, my GP wasn't happy signing off with limited specialist knowledge, so I had to go back to a consultant (privately - not NHS. I'm in the UK). But he's now said there's no reason to seek any further specialist referrals for this in the future as long as the regular clinic checks are fine.

The only potential issue comes from direct trauma from the harness over the PM site. I'm sub-pectoral anyway, but will just check if I need some extra padding before I try anything - just in case.

Hope I haven't missed the British summer....

This now means that pretty much the only thing I can't do as before is b...


Posted by culver001 on 2014-07-24 11:50. 12 comments. 114 reads
 
Hello all I had my PM installed in Nov 2013. I am a 49 year old healthy women. I have went back to most of my activities. I do boxing workouts on a heavy bag. Does anyone else do this type of activity? I have been experiencing tightness around my PM. Its not overall chest tightness, like muscle soreness, its a tightness around the PM feels almost like its being wrapped up or choked.
Is this still part of the healing process? I am still in shock that I have this PM and feel when I call my cardio office they can't really answer since most of the patients I saw at the office were not in my age group or physical fit relm. I almost feel like I am wasting their time and bugging them with questions.
SO I am bugging you all and...


Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-07-24 11:05. 0 comments. 13 reads
 
I am tired of buying separate free weights. Can anyone recommend either Weider speed weight dumbbell or Bowflex Selectech dumbbells (these are interchangeable weights) ?

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-07-24 11:00. 3 comments. 34 reads
 
I am going to PT for groin and hip (not surgery, just injury). The PT told me misalignment, so stretching. One stretch is lying down, take big exercise ball in hands and stretch overhead and back. I notice that it is uncomfortable and its tight in the pacemaker. Does anyone have this problem with tightness ? I notice with my 2nd pacemaker more tightness because its smaller.

Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-07-24 10:56. 0 comments. 11 reads
 
Just a quick update

RR:
I think it is working great HR looks like it did before PM while running, went up to 158 at the end of the race. was up and down about 30 BPM during running. Took about 2-3 minutes to climb to 130 than the first hill hit 153 normal for me. Prior to the adjustment last week 150 was it.

Also prior to adjustment just could not get my pace/Running speed (not that i am at all fast) but could not run anything near what i should be able to do even untrained. last night was able to do about 1.5 minutes per mile faster than before adjustment. Like i said still not fast and will never be or really want to be any more.. But was able to feel like i can run again :>)...

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-07-19 19:18. 8 comments. 122 reads
 
I just got a dvd Beginner Yoga. Is there any moves you do not do with a pacemaker ?

Posted by WillieG on 2014-07-18 21:44. 7 comments. 294 reads
 
Hi! I have had my pacemaker for 4 weeks now. I am 61, very active and my only symptom was a thud in my chest when biking up steep hills. The EP study showed 2nd degree heart block. During the EP study, they paced my atrium to "physiological rates" ( which I assume are around 200 bpm) and decided I had Mobitz II and put in a pacemaker while I was drugged from the study. It seems to me that it could have waited as I could never get my heart rate as high as when they paced it, and I would have been willing to give up the steep hills rather than be stuck with a pacemaker the rest of my life. I was very sore for about 2 weeks and dread the thought of having a new one every 7 years. I feel anxious and depressed as I really don't understan...


Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-07-17 14:23. 1 comments. 115 reads
 
I have been lifting free weights, but just want to be sure I have the correct form. Is there a website that is good to show proper form. I want to get the best out of my weight workout. I only lift 5 or 6 pounds. Going to increase soon.

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-07-17 13:07. 1 comments. 109 reads
 
I am going to the docs Monday, but has anyone had a groin pull ? Not sure how I got it, but even fast pace walking bothers it. Any tips to help heal faster. Its preventing me from exercise.

Posted by momhead4 on 2014-07-17 11:11. 6 comments. 161 reads
 
Hi...I am 6 days out from having a PM implanted....I am an active, fit 70 yr old female...slowly realizing that getting back to where I was and feeling good is going to take time...anyway, my goal the first few weeks is to walk, like I have done for years...am wondering, how people use/deal with the ear buds and iPod???....walking for me without music just isn't fun!...any suggestions welcomed...thanks in advance...so glad I found this sight!

Posted by natlat on 2014-07-17 10:11. 5 comments. 167 reads
 
I am much slower than I was due to the beta blockers. Is it possible to get a little faster on beta blockers? What used to be 9 min miles is now 10:40-11:30 min miles. Granted I am happy to be running again, but the betas definitely suck the life from you. I am hoping my doctor will tweek the dosage slightly. I do need to be on them due to a sustained vtach which I experienced. Anyone else chime in on beta blocker experiences?

Posted by issikkulboy on 2014-07-16 19:04. 2 comments. 129 reads
 
Due to a MitralValve repair surgery that went bad I now need to have a Pacemaker implanted to improve my ejection fraction. I need more information on coping with and living an active life as I did previous to my surgery
Thanks in Advance for any feedback you can provide
Regards,
Luis

Posted by ChrisD on 2014-07-16 12:21. 10 comments. 218 reads
 
OK folks. I am now a Heart Rate monitor expert - just kidding but I do have some really good information to share. After reading a bunch of opinions on heart rate monitors, I decided to buy a Garmin 310XT. It uses a chest band to pick up the electrical signals from your heart (like most of them do) to measure heart rate. It seemed to be working fine; it read my heart rate accurately at rest so why wouldn't it be accurate when exercising? In fact the unit says it is more accurate as you warm up. I know some folks posted that the chest-band type monitors were either not working, not accurate, or double counting. When I printed out the plots of my heart rate, I could see that my PM increased correctly in the rate response mode, but dur...


Posted by Woody86 on 2014-07-15 19:50. 1 comments. 95 reads
 
Any one with a pacemaker had any problems using an inversion table?

Posted by Grateful Heart on 2014-07-13 18:51. 4 comments. 141 reads
 

Congrats to Germany on winning the FIFA World Cup.

Also, congrats to Argentina on 2nd place. Good game by all!

Grateful Heart



Posted by LEW49 on 2014-07-13 14:02. 2 comments. 140 reads
 
I got a pacemaker for the first time in March to treat heart block. My polar F7 Monitor began giving me all kinds of crazy readings. I was also having a variety of complications causing my heart to behave erratically. I recently purchased a Mio Alpha and although it is not perfect, it is done a good enough job for me to pinpoint my current problem and to go to an electrophysiologist who was able to figure out what the problem was and make adjustments to my pacemaker.
The good thing about the alpha mio is it does not get spurious readings from the pacemaker. The other advantages no chest strap! The bad thing is if you were running along or walking fast and swinging your arms it will give you a high reading. You have to hold it out in ...


Posted by natlat on 2014-07-10 18:14. 3 comments. 137 reads
 
Hi, in my 5th week of running after the normal 7 week ICD implant healing phase. I am also on beta blockers (sotalol 80mg 2x per day). Former competitive runner, cyclist etc. Had a sustained vtach episode. Cause still unknown. Anyways, so back to running, but I am much slower than before..probably due to the layoff and probably the beta blockers. My settings are set really high on my ICD. I wear a HRM too, just to monitor my heart rate. Who else has an ICD and has been running since the implant? What is your underlying condition?

I am up to about 3.5 miles 4x per week and pretty pleased. I am hoping to increase the miles to at least 4 or so. Thoughts?

Natasha

Posted by @Heartthrob on 2014-07-10 17:03. 4 comments. 145 reads
 
I am now going into 4 week post post op and feel great. I own a vacation rental cleaning business and wonder if I can go back to work or should I wait .

Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-07-10 12:43. 3 comments. 119 reads
 
so called cardiologist again Tuesday to make sure about running..

Now all of a sudden she said NO, Moved my PM tune up appointment with Medtronic’s rep up to 7-18. told me not to run till they put me on the treadmill and try to make adjustments.. I guess I have to follow her wishes... at least I can still ride and walk, I hate walking!!! well I can ride :>)...


Posted by Geriatrick on 2014-07-09 15:31. 3 comments. 104 reads
 

I was always active in sports, From basketball to kayaking.
Never really played golf, just miniature.
I am now ready for the game. Will the swing needed for driving be a problem?

Thanks




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