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Posted by titanium12 on 2014-03-27 21:38. 0 comments. 45 reads
 
I've had a couple of pulmonary embolisms and subclavian clot. I still have chronic remnants. Is it normal to get a pressure/discomfort like pain when you exercise or increase your hr after all this? Sometimes feels like it is going from my upper chest/neck to my ear and its making me nervous about working out.

Posted by JANET51 on 2014-03-27 20:38. 2 comments. 149 reads
 
i have been given a fit bit flex but i am not sure if i can use it with the pacemaker?

Posted by comrades78 on 2014-03-23 17:22. 2 comments. 150 reads
 
I am 18 weeks in with my dual lead BS Advantio and have resumed all my athletic activities. Hiking, biking and walking have not been affected at all. My 2000 yd swim is 3 min slower than
before but I think that's just a matter of practice. The real problem area is running. My legs want to go much faster than the pacemaker allows. My HR accelerates so quickly that at 138-140, I'm still only going about 10:30 per mile. Currently I have had the minute ventilation set at 2 which helps some. My min is set at 60 and my max at 160. Retarding the minute ventilation has had the
effect of lowering my HR some for a given running pace but still too high IMO. What would happen if my min was set at 50 and the minute ventilation turned down ...


Posted by canada on 2014-03-22 12:25. 5 comments. 136 reads
 
I'm a fit 72 year old who had one blackout episode, diagnoses with sick sinus and given a pacemaker with two leads on demand. I'm using it 10% of the time.I'm 12 weeks post op and am trying to get my fitness level back but my "regular" exercise is Yoga (16 years) and the gym where i row and do light weights and machines plus cross country skiing. I am finding my chest wall muscels sore the day after each trip to Yoga or the gym and I read that those exercises can do damage to the leads. any tthoughts on this?


Posted by mhj on 2014-03-21 19:19. 5 comments. 197 reads
 
I have always known low pulse and a urytme at heart. GP has never cared about this much before in November -13 when I demanded a check of my heart because I had started training for my first triathlon and felt absolutely not normal at all . I have the last two years had many almost fainting in and out of exercise , fatigue , problems with enough oxygen , I felt dizzy during workouts. Finally he sent me to a cardiologist January 27 where I got a meter in 24 hours. 35 bpm at the lowest ... can be normal .... but 48 paused ( the longest of 4.8 s ) a day is certainly not normal said cardiologist ( SSS , bradyarki , problem getting my heart rate up high enough during training ) . March 17 I got my pm . I feel ok but am looking forward to exer...


Posted by peacock on 2014-03-17 02:50. 5 comments. 227 reads
 
I just had my surgery on March 12th. The doctor said I could go back to regular activity asap. Minus the 10 lbs lifting and arm above my head. I'm a very active person. What can I do?!

Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-03-16 16:22. 3 comments. 112 reads
 
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/462301751

Hartford CT O/Max ST Paddy's day RR

Pacemaker 2-24-14. This is my first run/race after passing out 11-24-13 it felt good to hit the roads again with the wife at my side. 34 flat, chip time for 5K. Not bad for no training/running in over 3 months and putting on 15-20LBS, which i have no excuse for... we signed up for a 10K 6-1..life is good

Posted by Bryony on 2014-03-14 20:02. 1 comments. 129 reads
 
Hi, I had my pacemaker implanted on Feb 3rd for SSS bradycardia/sinus pauses. I had my 1st pacemaker check on Wed - all good. I asked the tech if there was any gym equiptment I should avoid and she said the rowing machine and any weights with the same back/forward strenuous movement. Is breast stroke ok when swimming and aqua arm movements which are like punching forwards/backwards? especially with hand weights?
Any other arm movements I should restrict myself from doing - e.g.cross body reaching?
I'm going to my first activate pilates class on Wednesday after 9 months, a bit aprehensive but so looking forward to getting back to exercising.
Bye
Bryony

Posted by flutetooter on 2014-03-13 19:20. 3 comments. 94 reads
 
Five 1/2 week after implant I finally feel better than before the implant in all ways. I can even sleep on my left size (with an extra pillow) without an discomfort, and can quell the bass drum boom-booms by tilting more towards my back. I have energy and am looking forward to an upcoming warm weather trip! I forget about the pm most of the day also. My neurologist was super happy that all my dizzy spells ceased and signed me up for the next appointment a Year from now! Now all I have to deal with is sleep apnea :( and a small hernia that just "popped up". I will make sure on my next pm interrogation at the beginning of April what measures would be necessary in undertaking surgery for that.

Posted by Unexpected Changes on 2014-03-10 04:55. 10 comments. 233 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker .. dual lead Boston Scientific .. for 15 months and all going well. I walk for exercise but wondered how others go by lifting weights etc at a gym ??? Appreciate feedback,. Patricia

Posted by jdeezel on 2014-03-05 22:25. 10 comments. 269 reads
 
Hello, I'm 43, athletic, been a personal trainer for more than 15 years and healthy..I thought? Its a month today that my life changed. I had a PM installed due to Bradycardia. I haven't yet been cleared to work or workout, my concerns are there going to be limitations to my workouts. My workouts keep me sane! Opinions and thoughts.

Posted by Crowls on 2014-03-05 17:07. 4 comments. 190 reads
 
hi Guys. In hospital in Panama waiting for a PM to be in stalled.
HR 35-45bpm over past two years but first time a doc did an ecg and questioned it.

Anyway I am told I am getting a dual chamber boston PM. Not sure what model but assuming S603.

My questions are about geting back into exercise afterwards. Was always active and played comp sport till 45. Then mainly gym and cycling until it all got too hard.

Love the interval training for cardio and gym. what will happen when I go spinning or doing 1m intervals on treadmill?

I know I have to take it easy on the upper body for a few weeks until the injury heals. what else can I expect

Wayne - 54 yr old working in Panama

Posted by Stark on 2014-03-04 15:35. 7 comments. 139 reads
 
I had a follow up with my cardiologist last week and all restrictions have been lifted that I had to adhere to from the PM procedure back in January. He actually lifted them two weeks earlier then planned.

I returned to CrossFit on February 27th exactly seven weeks after the procedure and have had three WODS since then with one of them being a Team WOD with my wife. I have had to scale back the weights, reps, etc; but have had no problems otherwise. I'm not ashamed to admit that my first day back I RXed the WOD by using the female RX weight.

Posted by RDD on 2014-03-03 19:34. 10 comments. 349 reads
 
Hello everyone, I'm finally getting around to posing a question about pm's that I am surprised not to have seen posted yet. Perhaps that is because I am a relative newbie to the pm world. I'm a 71 y/o guy with 2 prior aortic valve replacements, now looking at a third one because of bacterial endocarditis I had last Fall, resulting in major valve damage. Before the docs realized that the valve was rapidly deteriorating, I began to have various arrhythmias culminating in rapid atrial tachycardia with a 4:1 A/V block ...a type of tachy/brady syndrome. Got a Medtronic AADR01 pm (again before my valve got severely incompetent) and quickly realized that the only way I could get my heart rate above 105 ( Max was set at 130, then 160) was by r...


Posted by LEW49 on 2014-03-03 13:56. 10 comments. 233 reads
 
I am an athletic 70-year-old. Recently while on a elliptical trainer I noticed that my heart rate dropped suddenly from 140 to 70. And if I backed off a little bit it would pop back up to 120 or 130. It seems to be getting worse. More recently this rate drop happened at 120 and went down to 60.

I have worn a Holter monitor and gone to the gym to have a record of this phenomenon. I am going to talk to A nurse practitioner at the cardiologists office on Friday, When they will have the results. In reading on the forum here I have not seen anyone talk about an exercise-induced what appears to be a 2 to 1 heart block. Does anyone out there have this condition, and has it been helped by a pacemaker? Any experience or advice would be ...


Posted by flutetooter on 2014-03-02 10:52. 4 comments. 114 reads
 
Let me see-- about a year from now I should be climbing the high Indiana dunes again!

Posted by flutetooter on 2014-03-01 20:20. 5 comments. 136 reads
 
Who would have thought that walking around a track and doing only 2 mph on the treadmill would be harder than just walking around the house and up and down the stairs?! It must be the lights and the weight of the shoes. lol I can see that I need to do small periods of moderate walking about 3-4 times a day before I graduate to the stuff I could do before the PM implant, especially since I had dropped back on exrcise about 2 months before that due to being dizzy. My dizzyness is all gone. (Knock, knock on wood) Baby steps!! The good news is that I tried on my swimming suits for the upcoming vacation out of the snow, and the scar is no problem. You can hardly see it even up close.

Posted by comics258 on 2014-03-01 16:57. 2 comments. 198 reads
 
Thanks to all those that commented on my recent posting.

I have been on two bike rides since and the short hills are fine, but the longer ones at a peak, according to my HR monitor, show a reading of 93 when it goes into 2:1 mode.

Does this mean that my maximum heart rate is 186? My heart rate monitor goes as high as 171 before it drops out, but am sure my tech said the latest setting is 162. Not sure if this means that my HR monitor is inaccurate.

Anyway have made another appt with the tech tomorrow. She appears very good and keen to get my settings right. Is there a reason why they only want to adjust it by a minimal amount each time, rather than just put it up to say 180? At least I can make an ap...


Posted by flutetooter on 2014-02-28 22:30. 5 comments. 132 reads
 
O.K., I'm ready and raring to go --walking around the track, that is. Also stationary bike and a little treadmill, and some safe steps on the BOSU ball, while hold on a bar with my right arm. In other words,... still a bit compromised and a wee bit tired, and following all the doctor's limitations, BUT the spirit is there and the body will follow. Also it helps that I picked up (actually bought, not stole) some snazzy, colorful exrcise pants and top! The PM won't keep me down. And really, I had only a salad, lean meat and decaf for supper, although it sound like I downed a bottle of red wine. :) I'm finally getting out from under the PM begginer's blues.

Posted by COBradyBunch on 2014-02-27 12:01. 1 comments. 95 reads
 
There is a new group up on Strava for us Pacemaker Transport Units. If you are a cyclist (or runner) and use Strava check it out. http://www.strava.com/clubs/52105

Also hope everyone has been well. Haven't been around in a while but everything on this side has been going well. Still riding, doc still giving me good news on the pacer and heart department and short of some more maintenance procedures on the rest of my body (most recent a rotator cuff repair and finally got my wisdom teeth out, the 2nd hurt a lot more than the first btw) everything has been good. Some big rides planned for this summer including the one I know all us cardiac folks love the name of, The Triple Bypass.

Take care and keep on keeping o...




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