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Posted by shoe933 on 2015-01-05 23:51. 7 comments. 311 reads
 
I've read it is important to have some type of chest (pacemaker) protector if you cycle. Anyone use such? I found one designed for pacemakers but it had huge shoulder pads too. Any comments?
Thanks


Posted by JaneJ on 2015-01-01 23:08. 6 comments. 377 reads
 
Hi,
I am a 38 year old with a dual chamber pacemaker. I had it recently put in back in September and then had an ablation for junctional tachycardia. They were able to fix the junctional tachycardia with the ablation. I am very active and work out a lot. I ran on the treadmill this morning and ended up blacking out about 20 minutes into my run and got some nasty abrasions, luckily nothing worse. I've noticed that my heart goes into this fluttery, rapid feeling and then I lose my energy to continue. My muscles get weak and I have nothing left. I had a exercise stress test last month and all was good with the electrical signals. Initially I only had a single chamber atrial pacemaker, but had an upgrade a few months ago, due to ...


Posted by dlruddick on 2014-12-30 20:31. 9 comments. 322 reads
 
I took my first cycle class yesterday (3.5 weeks out).
I have worked out for the last couple weeks with elliptical, steppers etc and have felt to PM "kick in' and then sustain my heart rate@120 to 140.

I took a cycle class , took it fairly easy. Kept my heart rate under 140 ( I am 54 year old female). Then the HRM went to zero then stayed @ 70 for several minutes. I did back way off and just waited to see if the PM would take over. I feel like it did not. I hovered around 80 the slowly went back up to 120. Out of fear and frustration I cooled down and left the class.
( I use to teach this class!)

Today I just felt off. Lightheaded, fuzzy. I have an apt tomorrow to have the PM read and check leads....


Posted by mg on 2014-12-29 10:16. 3 comments. 160 reads
 
Hi all ,
Still having trouble with my `low speed relaxed` mode. All seems fine when active and very pleased.
My immediate get up and go is really good but get these `funny feelings` when not really doing much. I also seem to be affected sometimes by small movements but not affected if riding my motorbike.
What is the difference between `Rate response`and `sensitivity` and can they be programmed separately?
I have a Boston Energen set DDIR 70.
Thanks

Posted by K-Solberg on 2014-12-28 11:02. 7 comments. 337 reads
 
Hi!
First of all, I'm very glad to have found a place where people with PM/ICD share there experience!

I've had PM all my life, but a couple a years ago, my doctors told me to stop playing Handball because of possible collision, and now I was told to stop doing push-ups and bench pressing because of possible lead fail or twisting.

Some in the forum say to start slowly, but wether you start slowly or not couldn't it affect the leads? - I know the leads might be placed differently, but I feel like I'm taking riscs everytime i do anything close to benching, or anything that feels different around my pecs/PM/leads.
I'm just confused - because training is really important to me, and benching and getting nice ...


Posted by Woodworker on 2014-12-28 09:43. 2 comments. 367 reads
 
Anybody have a Fitbit HR or similar wrist device? Does it function OK with a PM or visa versa??

Posted by corazon on 2014-12-27 09:55. 3 comments. 240 reads
 
I would like to use a foot massager but I have read conflicting opinions on whether or not using a foot massager can affect your pacemaker... Any thoughts on this?

Posted by JohnM on 2014-12-26 08:38. 9 comments. 322 reads
 
How long after the pacemaker implant is it safe to play golf?

Posted by funone on 2014-12-24 17:02. 2 comments. 141 reads
 
Came to terms with open heart surgery 2007 and a icd 9
in 2009 now the battery is getting low, but the gym is part of my life and if it goes off or dies on me while at the gym so be it ... at
least I know it was done while enjoying my time in the gym. After all gave up smoking 30 yrs a go for the habit of the gym. Woooo
6 days a week working out as well 60 to 90 mins of cardio work out.
Not bad for a dude in his 60's

Posted by ADC on 2014-12-23 20:44. 2 comments. 176 reads
 
I just got myself an UP24 activity tracker (like a Fitbit) and wondering if there are any issues for that with my pacer?

AC

Posted by btward on 2014-12-21 12:00. 5 comments. 219 reads
 
I just got (12/17) my pacemaker. I've read comments from other pacemaker folks about golf and exercise activities. I'm an avid golfer (handicaps not great but I love the game) and really want to get back to the game soon. As well as the health club for weigh activities etc. Looks like golf will have to wait about 6 weeks or so. But, I'm not sure about bench presses and other weight lifting activities. I see a nurse next week to have the wound looked at. Then see the Dr. after the first of the year. Any suggestions from other pacemaker folks would be much appreciated!

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-12-18 21:35. 5 comments. 238 reads
 
I got a new treadmill and some programs required a chest strap heart monitor. Does any use this with their pacemaker ? The programs are used to target your heart rate.

Posted by fonikipatata on 2014-12-17 11:08. 3 comments. 289 reads
 
Hey guys i put pacemaker like 1 year ago and i go the gym 4-5 time in a week and i lift weights can you tell me please if its good to do that.. really i do that 2months and i dont fell anything in place near the pacemaker can you tell me your opinion for that!! (by the way im 18 years old) and sorry for my bad english! :)

Posted by tuckanow87 on 2014-12-17 07:43. 5 comments. 349 reads
 
I'm a very active person who works out 5 days a week and jogs. I was at the gym last week when I felt dizzy and fainted. I had a seizure and went into cardiac arrest luckily someone at the gym knew cpr and there was a defibrillator nearby. Drs have no idea what caused my heart to go into that lethal rhythm. They put in an icd yesterday and I'm in pain today. I've Made my depression worse by reading posts of ppl who said after the 6 weeks was up they couldn't go back to the gym. I know I should be thankful to be alive but I love working out. Drs assure me that I can resume normal activities after 6 Weeks, but now I'm not so sure

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-12-15 16:20. 3 comments. 220 reads
 
I have a lot of hand weights. I am going up weights would like adjustable weights. Any recommendations ?

Posted by peegee on 2014-12-14 06:04. 4 comments. 331 reads
 
Hi,
I've had a pacemaker for over 4 years now and it's great but I wonder what effect it would have if I took up more strenuous exercise. Im 71 and out of condition although my weight is ok.

Posted by Nick.k(uk) on 2014-12-09 10:00. 2 comments. 227 reads
 
Almost 4 weeks post implant and am back running albeit slower than prior.

Post exercise I will get some soreness at PM site which lingers. Almost 48hrs since last gentle run and site still uncomfortable, not really painful. Due to run again this PM, any thoughts.
Am I placing self, PM wires at risk beyond discomfort?
Has anyone tried kinsie tape or similar in an attempt to restrict PM moving in its pocket?

Thanks Nick

Posted by Sully06 on 2014-12-08 22:10. 4 comments. 135 reads
 
Just completed my first cycling class since i had my pm implanted. What a great work out ! I had my procedure the end of October. I feel so great now, and ready to get rid of those extra pounds i gained when i was feeling so terrible. So glad i made the decision to get the pm. It has changed so many things for the better :) so glad to have input from others here when i first had the procedure done.

Posted by Antman1993 on 2014-12-08 04:49. 5 comments. 253 reads
 
Hi everyone!
My names Anthony I'm 21 years old from sydney Australia.
I've had a pacemaker since I was 4 years old then replaced again when I was 13 and now due again in 4 months.
I'm having trouble deciding which pacemaker to go with. I have heart block of the AV. I am running a medtronic pacemaker with a single lead. (Accelerometer).

I haven't had an issue with it I've been very lucky but I am a very very active sporty kind of guy I ride dirt bikes and race work long hours and go to the gym. Although I can keep up with it all I feel during the sport I struggle esp when bicycle riding pretty much anything to do with lower body exercise like rowing ect.

Just wondering if anyone out there is very sporty...


Posted by kayak.eric on 2014-12-06 12:46. 5 comments. 228 reads
 
I have been getting more into mountain biking over the past year and would like a shoulder pad to cover and protect my ICD. So far all of the protectors I have found protect the chest more or are full on DH body armor. As I do mostly single track and some minor enduro style riding so full body armor is a no go. Does anybody have any suggestions for lightweight shoulder/chest protector for my device? THANKS!



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