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Posted by JoeAthlete on 2015-02-04 17:31. 3 comments. 207 reads
 
Pacemaker Low Battery by Joe Chirco 1/2/15
I am an athlete. I have a pacemaker to correct a birth defect of a blockage from my SA node to my A/V node. I have no cardiovascular disease. I was given a pacemaker to correct this problem over 8 years ago. During the last 2 months the pacemaker battery was at its end of life voltage.
I was monitoring the voltage at the Clinic on a monthly basis. We watched the voltage declining but it had not reached its ERI. I cycle as an athlete. I cycle to the gym and teach spin classes. Spinning is intense cardio. Actually riding to the gym is intense too as I ride at speeds close to 20 MPH.
I know my body and my fitness level and what shape I am in. As the battery continued to dec...


Posted by TickTock-UK on 2015-02-03 17:59. 4 comments. 208 reads
 
Hi All,

I keep telling you that running is bad for you, here is a link for you to see/read...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31095384

Len

Posted by Shelby on 2015-02-03 14:18. 3 comments. 138 reads
 
I had my ICD implanted six months ago and begun exercising. I have started using a stationary bike, martial arts and weight lifting. My doctor has stated that I do not have any restrictions except having physical contact to the device area. The nurses state that I can not do any bench pressing or military press. I would like to read what others have experienced.

Posted by baza1976 on 2015-02-03 03:24. 19 comments. 364 reads
 
Hi Guys,

I got a Medtronic Scansure MRI dual chmaber .pacemaker implanted last April 2014. I'm 38. I was told I have 3rd degree heart block.
I'm due back this Friday to meet the pacemaker technician. The issue I'm having happens during running. Once I go below 9 min miles I get out of breath very fast. the only way I can recover is to stop and wait maybe 2 or 3 min. Then I can run again.I have ran up to 16 miles slowly with no problems as long as I run slow!! But if I try and do a quick 3 miler I can't do it. It starts with a weird "feeling" in my Stomach. Then I can feel my breath struggle. Then I feel my legs weaken and a very light dizziness in the head.

It used to be worse as in I couldn't run faster then 10m...


Posted by 1965rich on 2015-02-02 17:00. 3 comments. 114 reads
 
good evening everyone. I have searched previous posting but can't find an answer to this question and wondered if you could advise. I would like to buy a HRM which is just a wrist strap and not a chest strap. Budget is around £100 and needs to be compatable with a Dual Chamber PM. Any suggestions?

Posted by mg on 2015-02-01 11:27. 0 comments. 110 reads
 
Hi,
A few of you will have noticed I`ve been trying to cure my resting `funny feelings`. Needles to say I`m very happy with my exercise program and now after 12months of trying different settings I feel pretty fit .
One thing has come to light after the consultant suggested dropping me HR from 70 to 60 .
Basically when flat out my HR is about 135 (I take 1.25mg of beta blocker which I`m told has an effect of lowing my HR by about 10) so no problem there.
Previously at 70 following a 30min brisk walk my HR would be about 70/73 . Now with it set at 60 doing the same walk in the same time my HR is about 63/65.
I find now when relaxed I feel a bit `Dull` but on the positive side I seem to sleep better.
I would h...


Posted by dmedcalf on 2015-01-27 19:40. 8 comments. 282 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker only a month today. I am having a hsrd time accepting it. I have done CrossFit for 3 years and feel like it and everything I have worked for (my strength)has been taking away from me. Does anyone know if it will get better and ifvthere are any other crossfiters that have pacemakers are able to go back to what they were before the pacemaker?

Posted by bobv on 2015-01-26 08:42. 2 comments. 133 reads
 
I am a 54 year old male who, on 12/16/14, got a Metronic pacemaker implanted at the Cleveland Clinic. Today, I go for my first interrogation. I have ordered a shirt that has a protective device that is supposed to protect my pacemaker. The docs at the CC have told me after 6 weeks, no problem with playing basketball. I have been biking and next week, I start swimming again and then I move to basketball. Any help/comments would be welcome. Thank you.

Posted by coach6 on 2015-01-24 20:33. 16 comments. 309 reads
 
Hi everyone I am new to this club, but I am glad I found it. I am 51 years old and very active with running, martial arts and weight training. 20 years ago I had a right coronary arterial wall tear which caused me to have a heart attack. this left me with a left bundle branch block. Even with this I continued to compete in elite level sports, However recently I have developed a heart block that seems to occur when I get to 85-90% of my max HR so my cardiologist suggested a pacemaker. I am getting this in one week so I am wondering about the settings, as I have no problem unless I am exercising at a high level, but want to continue to do so. My resting HR is 56-58...any suggestions for me?

Thanks

Coach6

Posted by PaulD on 2015-01-24 16:38. 4 comments. 179 reads
 
I am thinking of getting a recumbent excercise bike with magnetic resistance. Should I be concerned with it affecting my pacemaker? I tested it using a compass and there was no needle deflection at all.

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2015-01-24 15:01. 3 comments. 142 reads
 
I do not understand ...I have been doing hand weights for about 2 years or more ...no biscep definition ! Why ? Is it the weight amount ?

Posted by JoshM on 2015-01-24 13:50. 12 comments. 346 reads
 
Hello Everyone,

First of all I'm glad I found this site. Many people here give honest and positive information. In particular I have enjoyed reading responses from TracyE and the knotguy. I'm sure there are other great people here too, I'm just getting started. I just had a single lead pacemaker implanted 1-20-15. I am 37 years old and I felt great until 6 weeks ago when I fainted. I have always had a low heartrate, but after many tests my EP recommended I get a pacemaker. The past 6 weeks have been very scary, surreal, etc.

Questions:
1. Does anyone with a pacemaker here shoulder press and bench press? I used to bench press 275lbs for reps and shoulder press over 205lbs for reps. I want to get back to...


Posted by Jenniferlee48 on 2015-01-23 11:34. 6 comments. 240 reads
 
I am a mother of a 15 year old girl who was just diagnosed with Third Degree Heart Block in May and had her pacemaker implanted on July 2. They had to go back the next day because one of the leads had dislodged. Anyway she is a Track & Field sprinter at her High School and is happy to be back running again. This past week however the coaches have asked her to also compete in Long Jumping because she was in the top 3 girls at her school on her distance jump. My question and concern is if this is a safe thing for her to be doing. I realized that it doesn't count as a contact sport but is the repeated hard landing safe? I am worried that this may once again cause a lead to dislodge. Anyone have any experience and or advice here?

Th...


Posted by scotia on 2015-01-21 13:41. 9 comments. 186 reads
 
Hi guys

It has been awhile since my last post. I have myself booked to do Mudderella in July. It is a 6 mile obstacle course. Has anyone here ever attempeted one of these? How did it go? My concern is mostly doing the pulling with ropes over walls. And the army crawl under barb wire. I think it should be ok but just wondered if anyone else has tried.

Thanks
Laura

Posted by mg on 2015-01-20 11:28. 3 comments. 158 reads
 
Hi all ,
I was just wondering while the PM techs are trying to fine tune my setting am I chasing something that is drug related and not really a PM problem. Could my odd feelings be brought on by medication as I`m sure we are all on some sort of drug because of the PM or heart related problems ?
I`m particularly interested in peoples reaction to Furosemide?
I`ve been active in sports all my life(now 67) and wonder why I`m prescribed this duretic when now fairly healthy and active and not over weight.
Cheers mg

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2015-01-19 20:20. 5 comments. 289 reads
 
I have a pilates machine and they added a pull up bar you can add. I would be lying down on the pilates machine and pulling up with my arms. The impact is only power cords for resistance. Does anyone use pull up bars ?

Posted by ballerine.nm on 2015-01-18 16:54. 4 comments. 195 reads
 
Hello all :-)
So I do ballet, and I'm in a semi-vocational school. I do at least I dance class a day, and I'm wondering if, in exams, I should have a special note or something saying I have a PM. My friends sometimes get worried cause my stamina isn't like theirs, but I don't know if I like the idea of having special consideration notes on my exams... Any thoughts??
Just a bit worried...
<3 Niamh xx

Posted by Cuberix on 2015-01-18 15:54. 12 comments. 284 reads
 
Hi, does anyone know of a heart rate monitor that will work with a pacemaker. Having no luck with my Garmin Forerunner??

Posted by PAMMY on 2015-01-16 17:33. 10 comments. 340 reads
 
Ever get injuries? I'm specifically referring to Ian MC, Tat Man and Tracey E - you don't ever post anything to say that you can't run due to bad knees, achilles problems etc. I have been suffering with a calf problem for months now - I keep resting it but then start slowly increasing my distance but then it goes again and I am back to square one! If you remember I had the pacemaker to enable be to run - but now I need a new calf!! So frustrating.

Talking of pacemakers, I went for my annual check last week and was told that I had an 'episode' last week - where I had an a-fib which lasted 4-5 hours when I was asleep. I was told it was nothing to worry about as it was a one-off - but when I got home and looked it up om the i...


Posted by melthompson on 2015-01-16 14:41. 1 comments. 154 reads
 
I had a bi ventricular ICD implanted in March 2014. I have been a competitive shooter in the past and was preparing to shoot again. I am left handed shooter, because I always have had a bad right eye. Now, with implant I am told not to shoot on right Has anyone continued to shoot on left side. Hoping to hear from you



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