St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by DROG1981 on 2014-11-13 03:40. 4 comments. 413 reads
 
I STARTED CROSSFIT A FEW MONTHS PRIOR TO HAVING TO GET A DUAL CHAMBER PM LAST WEEK FOR BRADYCARDIA SYMPTOMS. IMPLANT IS IN UPPER PEC AREA ABOVE MUSCLE. MY DOCTOR IS NOT VERY FAMILIAR WITH CROSSFIT OR BARBELL WEIGHTLIFTING TECHNIQUES. HAS ANYONE ATTEMPTED CROSSFIT ROUTINES AFTER GETTING A PM AND/OR BEEN RESTRICTED BY PM DURING ANY BARBELL EXERCISES? THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR ANY FEEDBACK.

Posted by NormaLou on 2014-11-12 14:45. 4 comments. 370 reads
 
I had my PM check yesterday and my battery life is 8-1/2 yrs. I'm pacing upper 78% of the time and lower 1%.

I have not exercised regularly in the past two yrs. Just occasionally for about a 15 min. workout.

My questions is, would regular aerobic exercise help my pacing rate and extend the battery life?

Posted by mkaz03 on 2014-11-09 16:59. 3 comments. 291 reads
 
Before I got my pacemaker a year ago, I had had several episodes where I almost fainted while on the golf course. I would get dizzy and very light headed. They finally diagnosed it as Tachy/Brady syndrome and since getting the pacemaker that situation did not recur. That is, until a couple of months ago. They put me on a month long heart monitor in October but nothing happened during that month - just one shortness of breath incident. Today on the golf course I got the same near faint situation as before the pacemaker. My annual pacemaker check was last week and I was told all looked good. I had a number of occurrences of afib during the year but with 2 exceptions they were of very short duration. My question now is would afib (which I al...


Posted by advracer on 2014-11-09 15:55. 11 comments. 316 reads
 
So I am looking for any advice or even opinion on what might be going on with my pm while biking.
First of all I have a Boston Scientific blended pacemaker that is currently set on minute ventilation only, I am paced 100% of the time and am a runner as well as a biker. I have had it for 2 months.
Running is great, feels like normal and is getting better and better but biking is another story altogether. As an example I just finished a 70 mile road bike ride, the first 20 miles were fine, no problems than the next 20 miles I felt out of breath and my heart rate seemed out of sync, then that settled down and the rest of the ride was better but I still had bouts of high heart rate that would quickly settled down.
I wonder why t...


Posted by Frankenstein on 2014-11-07 09:27. 3 comments. 255 reads
 
Does a smart watch affect my pacemaker?

Posted by lmolsoo on 2014-11-06 18:17. 5 comments. 231 reads
 
Hey guys,

I am curious if there is any marathon runners amongst us. I got my pacemaker a few weeks ago, feeling better than ever symptom wise, also only a little tender around my surgical sites. I used to be an elite half marathoner and I'd like to get back into running since I should no longer be fainting into the pavement. If any of you have suggestions on starting exercises to get back in the hang of things that would be amazing to hear what worked for you. I haven't been able to stay on my feet while running for a few years now so this is my new chapter. Thanks for being such a great club, I value every post I read.

Posted by issikkulboy on 2014-11-03 09:32. 1 comments. 173 reads
 
Just bought a Polar Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor and I have a/an Viva XT CRT-D Defibrilator implanted. Has anyone experience any issues with this type of monitors. Is it safe to use?

Posted by natlat on 2014-10-31 09:28. 2 comments. 184 reads
 
So I had my medication (Sotalol) reduced to 40mg 2x per day, at 80 mg, I felt lethargic. I run and walk my dog. I have an ICD for a sustained vtach and have an abnormal EKG, with low R Wave Progression and diffuse inverted T waves. I remain undiagnosed, and docs believe it could have been viral.

Anyone in similar circumstances and do well on lower doses of meds or no meds at all?

Thanks

Posted by Avidrider on 2014-10-30 20:51. 1 comments. 135 reads
 
Somebody asked if it's ok to ride horses with a pacemaker. My doc told me I could return to normal activities after the incision healed, his only concern was the lead disconnecting. I'm an avid rider, ride for hours at a time as well as doing dressage (with lots of sitting trot). No problems! So grateful for the pacemaker!

Posted by lstacy on 2014-10-29 18:23. 3 comments. 207 reads
 
I got my pm two weeks ago. I Belly Dance and am concerned about the upper body movements and if it would dislodge the leads. Has anyone done this after placement? My docs say I can go back to exercise (and dance) but I question how many of their patients have belly danced after surgery. Thoughts?

Posted by johnnyc on 2014-10-24 20:27. 5 comments. 327 reads
 
I had a pacemeker installed on February 18, 2014, approximately 8 months ago. Pacemaker is working fine, on demand setting and activates only 2% of the time when my heartbeat goes below 40 per minute.

I am still uncomfortable/tight in the pacemaker site but that will probably be something that I willl have to live with.
Prior to the pacemaker (I am age 67) I did 20 pushups a day and used my rowing machine twice a week for 15/20 minutes a session.
Rowing and pushups will put considerable pressure on the pacemaker site.
Does anyone have experience with these two excercises and how they might affect the scar tissue and 2 lead wires?
Thank you,
John

Posted by mrdredge on 2014-10-23 16:48. 8 comments. 221 reads
 
I have a St Jude Pacemaker/Defibrialtor and was wondering if I could scuba dive and what the restriction would be?

Same questions for piloting an aircraft for pleasure? Recent laws have given flexibility for those folks with ICDs.

I know CA DMV will not allow a Class A commercial license with my installed unit anyone else have any input or thoughts on thiese topics?

Mark

Posted by davstecut on 2014-10-23 16:00. 6 comments. 208 reads
 
Anyone had any experience wearing a backpack? I am going to do some serious hiking, and I would like to know if I need to be worried that the shoulder strap will go just about over my pacemaker.

Posted by natlat on 2014-10-22 11:27. 3 comments. 250 reads
 
Anyone not on beta blockers and have a device (ICD) for tachycardia and are you active regularly and doing well?

I had a sustained vt in April 2014, which docs believe to have been caused by a bout of Myocarditis. I have an ICD and on Sotalol 80mg. I have been running regularly and monitoring my HR with a HRM. I no longer run intensly nor race, just go out for easy runs of 3-5 miles a pop. My pace is slow, endurance sapped and fatigued from the damn things. Regardless, my docs think I will do well in general. They want to wean me from the meds in a few months, and hopefully begin the process next month.

I would love to hear from others who are NOT on medication and doing well - no shocks, no events. Hope to h...


Posted by Aniubh on 2014-10-20 23:28. 2 comments. 213 reads
 
Hey Iam 22 implanted a ppm 1 and half year back after a couple of days of surgery I started gymin wieght lifting now I don't have major problem. My trainer now suggest me to take some protien supliments which contain creatine .. Should I take such suppliments ,, does creatine will effect the stability of pacemaker?
Desperately waiting for ur knowledgeable comments

Posted by MonicaNYC on 2014-10-20 22:01. 5 comments. 354 reads
 
Hi Ladies,
I am just over my 3 month mark of my PM surgery. I have been back to working out (running and yoga) for just about 6 weeks. I find that anything touching my scar or over my PM is very irritating. Is this normal? Will it eventually go away? I unfortunately have to wear a rather supportive bra, especially when run, but I find that my scar gets even more irritated during my yoga practice even if nothing is touching it, between the constant standing and folding, and heart opening poses. It makes it very hard to get my zen on. Any suggestions on how to cope with the irratation, and any hopefully tales of how this will all pass with time would be much appreciated. Thanks Monica

Posted by Shaun on 2014-10-15 06:24. 7 comments. 392 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. 232 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. 7 comments. 283 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. 235 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





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