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Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-09-10 20:51. 5 comments. 145 reads
 
I have been doing weight training for about a year. I use free weights, but only use between 5-8 pounds. I do not have definition in my arms. I would like that cut look in my arms. My arms are toning but its one big arm. Am I dreaming ?

Posted by bionicpulse on 2014-09-09 23:02. 5 comments. 162 reads
 
Hi, I'm was recently implanted with a dual chamber pacemaker for bradycardia -- about once every 6mos my heart rate drops really low and I pass out. I'm now paced at a steady 50bps. I'm in my 30s and enjoy vigorous exercise, in particular BJJ. (If you don't know what it is just think wrestling: clinching, someone pinning you on the ground, full strength pushing, pulling, occasional throws onto mats. No punching or kicking.)

I'm trying to evaluate whether it's worth the risk continuing BJJ with my pacemaker. There are many conflicting opinions online and even the doctors aren't consistent. Instead of asking for people's opinions on the matter I want to consider the question differently in terms of costs and benefits. I know the b...


Posted by pwh51 on 2014-09-09 22:03. 5 comments. 115 reads
 
After surviving an out of hospital arrest 11yrs ago,I am booked in for a pacemaker/defibrillator in a couple of weeks . Cruising is on the bucket list and will include a compressed air hookah for under water maintenance and hunting/gathering. I forgot to ask my cardiologist about this and won't see him again before the op but I was wondering about the effects of two atmospheres of pressure on the device. Does anyone have knowledge of this subject.?

Posted by RDD on 2014-09-06 12:24. 7 comments. 236 reads
 
Greetings to all....at the suggestion of Inga (aka golden_snitch ... the supreme purveyor of all things related to PM's) I am presenting a dilemma to any of you Medtronic users who might be of help.

I am a 72 y/o man with three aortic valve replacements (1992, 2000, and March 2014) who has remained very athletically active. I had a Medtronic ADDR01, dual-lead, PM installed in January and am currently paced near 100% of the time. With an accelerometer only, the PM is designed to respond to upper body motion only and,in spite of numerous adjustments by my EP, does not respond adequately to my activities (mainly hiking in the mountains and biking). In fact,it actually slows down when hiking up steep hills or biking and will soon...


Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-09-05 15:47. 8 comments. 136 reads
 
Charity ride for work, The United way got 62000.00 166 riders total there was a 30, 50 & 62 mile ride. I signed up for the 50 due to poor road marking did a few extra. Felt good heart rate still not getting as high as I think it should. 3 of my buddy's and I all had heart rate monitor my HR was alway 20 or more bpm slower then they had. With that said, pretty happy with PM I guess it is just the way it is.

Posted by tbiancardi on 2014-09-02 17:55. 5 comments. 153 reads
 
I am a 61 year old female with a St. Judes PM implanted late July 2014. I have been taking Pilates on a reformer once a week for the past year and a half. I also take Yoga and mat Pilates several times a week. The doctor has suggested I wait a month before resuming the reformer. He has also advised against repetitive motion such as tennis.

I miss the reformer terribly, but concerned with some of the upper body exercises on them. Any one out there work on a reformer? what about planks and downward dog yoga positions? I'm not sure that my doctor is aware of the position of these moves.

Posted by Duke Heart Patient on 2014-09-02 15:38. 4 comments. 173 reads
 
Are you on a certain diet ? What do you eat , not eat and how often do you exercise ?

40
Male
NC

Pacemaker since 2011
6'
180 Pds

Always exercised and ran .....

Posted by Notsure on 2014-09-02 08:55. 8 comments. 352 reads
 
I got my pacemaker in June 2014. I am back to the gym but my Dr. doesn't think I should be doing push-ups or lifting weights over head with my left arm. To me this means I really can't do any shoulder or chest exercises! She feels the leads are man made and the pushing and pulling can wear them out. Has anyone else heard this?

Posted by wolverin on 2014-09-01 07:51. 2 comments. 119 reads
 
Hi, any one who located in phillipines?
Comment posted by wolverin on 2014-09-01 07:41.
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TY, MIGUEL

Posted by bowl299 on 2014-08-31 16:34. 7 comments. 184 reads
 
After 10 years of on and off A-fib, 2 ablations and several cardioversions, I am scheduled for my third ablation in October and the following day a pacemaker. How long will it be before I can start to get active again after 10 years of mostly feeling like crap? I use to be active but get tired and out of breath all the time now, will a lot of this be gone? Any and all info will be helpful.

Posted by metz on 2014-08-31 08:38. 1 comments. 127 reads
 
This baby has been in me for a while (ICD). This is the fist time any doctor gave me lifting limits. Now I'm not Hercules, but I enjoyed lifting around 175lbs. Bummer

Posted by metz on 2014-08-30 23:25. 4 comments. 218 reads
 
I was told no push ups and I shouldn't lift any thing above 20lbs. Does that sound right to everybody? metz

Posted by Cycler on 2014-08-30 14:22. 9 comments. 211 reads
 
I’m an experienced cyclist, small town. 75% errands in traffic, 25% edge of town.

I’ve had an ICD for 3 months. I put about 1,000 miles on my Trek between the install and when I got defibbed while on the bike.

I thought I’d found my “sweet spot” balancing mild exertion while staying below the “shock bar.” I haven’t been back to the cardiologist yet for my post op consult.I’m wondering if there’s any correlation between a reasonably induced exercise (sinus) heart rate and the heart suddenly going tachy.

Or maybe he can tell me what my heart rate was prior to being defibbed? In either event, cycling’s probably over forever.

Anyone with a similar story?

Posted by SoCal-TV on 2014-08-23 20:21. 4 comments. 232 reads
 
I have a St Jude PM 2240. low setting 50bpm, high setting 130.
When cycling (MTB) I'm killing myself to hit 120bpm, but an easy jog on foot will hit 125-130 no problem. Even sit ups drive it to 120. Love to cycle, but can't really run because of joints. What can be done to adjust this unit? I am 65.

Posted by jclong41 on 2014-08-23 13:06. 9 comments. 252 reads
 
Hi fellow Pacemakers,
New to the group and my first post. I was diagnosed with 2nd degree AV Mobitz II characterized by an unexpected nonconducted atrial impulse, bradycardia, afib, sinus node dysfunction and Right Bundle Branch block. I was before diagnosis an avid runner with an avg. pace of 8 minute miles. Now, I struggle to achieve 12 minute miles. My doc has performed stress test with treadmill and was not able to determine any significant issues, however with the biotronik PM, the levels were set for 60/140. He says there were limitations due to my 3rd degree HB and rapid heart rate. My meds are 100 mg flecianide 2x day, and BP medication. Yesterday, the doc changed my PM to Boston Scientific K174. The PM specialist is o...


Posted by harlemflash on 2014-08-23 12:34. 3 comments. 149 reads
 
I am right handed. my renewal pacemaker is in about a month and I am still restricted from lifting weights, swimming and golf for another month. Since I am only using my right arm to bowl any ideas of issues?

Posted by DEAN on 2014-08-20 18:06. 3 comments. 181 reads
 
Hello Everyone
Thanks for all the help and support.
Dose anyone compete in Motorcycle Observed Trials or know anyone who dose with a PM.
My Doc says no but it's hard to give up something you love so much.
Thanks
Dean

Posted by ID on 2014-08-19 10:53. 4 comments. 182 reads
 
Hello I'm a basketball player, I'm French, I was born like that sorry, and I want protection to protect my pacemaker when I play my favorite sport. I'm 47 and I'm in the competition at a small level. It's very nice to read and I hope someone can give me a run for my research. thank you in advance. David

Posted by Rooboy31 on 2014-08-18 22:32. 1 comments. 166 reads
 
Hi everybody , recently had my 3rd aortic valve replacement and this time needed a pacemaker also put in , just wondering if anyone on here has done bikram yoga with a pacemaker ?? I've done it for a cpl years and hope I can continue to do it ... Appreciate any feedback I can get thank you so much Steve

Posted by bacquito on 2014-08-15 01:18. 3 comments. 211 reads
 
I recently had a Pacemaker implanted (3 weeks ago) and want to return to kayaking. I am not a white water kayaker but I kayak in a 17 ft. touring kayak. I kayak mainly to view marine life and kayak in a casual manner.
I know that my cardiologist is concerned about free style swimming because of shoulder rotation.
What experience have any of pacemaker members had with kayaking has I have describe it.
Thanks



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