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Posted by Lisalac on 2016-04-16 03:53. 12 comments. 626 reads
 
Super excited because I am doing my first 1/2 marathon race tomorrow since getting my pace maker on 1 December 2015. Might not be the fastest one I've run but I'm so grateful to even be able to do it especially in beautiful Jasper, Alberta, Canada. Wish me luck :)

Posted by tcportman on 2016-04-14 20:33. 6 comments. 505 reads
 
This post appeared in the General section. I thought the Exercise and Sports section would be most appropriate. If not, sorry for the duplication.
I have been running for 50 years. At 67 I’ve developed bradycardia and heart block. I can’t run 10 yards without feeling the shutdown. No passouts yet, but of course I am planning to get a pacemaker. My cardiologist at the University of Washington says I can expect to resume running, cross country skiing, weightlifting, playing golf. So does anyone have any experience suggesting which pacemaker would be the best for my interests? There are so many brands. I’d really like to know which can easily handle increasing HR with increasing exercise, and which have the lowest risk of a w...


Posted by frankmcw on 2016-04-10 18:45. 9 comments. 385 reads
 
Running with an ADVISA DR A2DR01 since Jan'15, the "Rate Response" Optimization setting has been set to On. My question is this: does the Optimization On / Off turn on or off all of the settings of the "Rate Response" function? Or is the Optimization feature only that part of "Rate Response" that analyzes the cardio history and fine tunes the settings based on the data? Finally, are all of the functions under the "Rate Response" section (on the printout from my session with my Medtronic rep) refered to as the "Accelerometer"? Or, is the Optimization feature alone refered to as the Accelerometer? I would like to turn off the Optimization feature and then tweak the other settings under "Rate Response" (such as: ADL Response from 3 to 4...


Posted by London on 2016-04-10 17:46. 2 comments. 237 reads
 
I am a 75 yr. old female & had 2 valves repaired, hole in heart repaired, ablation and pacemaker installed In Sept.2015, all Medtronic equipment...I am involved in a Cardiac Rehab exercise plan at our local hospital which involves exercises with hand weights, stretching, & walk 1 1/2 miles twice per wk. For these exercises I use 3 lb. hand weights..does not sound like much compared to others but lifting heavier bothers my pacemaker site & surrounding muscles...should I try to increase the weights & build up the muscles or just stick to what I do???? I also have a small frame & the pacemaker is quite noticeable...Thanks

Posted by Icuh8n on 2016-04-07 23:42. 2 comments. 281 reads
 
Anybody had problems surfing with your pacemaker?.

Posted by Alastair on 2016-04-05 23:23. 4 comments. 327 reads
 

I've had my dual lead ICD for a year. After 2 months I needed my atrial lead re anchored but since then it's been ok and the device hasn't paced or bumped me.
I've posted here before and received good info and comments. Prior to an episode of Poly VT I did a lot of cycling, swimming and running to a good standard. I'd like to think now about doing them again, perhaps not competitively but in some form. I swim a bit now but across the board I have a latent fear of pushing it. Meaning as soon as my heart starts working and I can feel it I back off. Running scared in other words.
Any similar experiences out there?

Posted by yendorh on 2016-04-04 22:45. 0 comments. 217 reads
 
thanks for all replys,have used device and am not dead yet!!!
looks like optical monitoring is safe as well as Bluetooth.
once again thanks for your interest.
incidentaly ihave had no complications or discomfort,almost a miracle cure for a dead man!
regards yendorh

Posted by Alastair on 2016-04-04 15:25. 2 comments. 258 reads
 
I've had my dual lead ICD for a year. After 2 months I needed my atrial lead re anchored but since then it's been ok and the device hasn't paced or bumped me.
I've posted here before and received good info and comments. Prior to an episode of Poly VT I did a lot of cycling, swimming and running to a good standard. I'd like to think now about doing them again, perhaps not competitively but in some form. I swim a bit now but across the board I have a latent fear of pushing it. Meaning as soon as my heart starts working and I can feel it I back off. Running scared in other words.
Any similar experiences out there?

Posted by Magisjim@aol.com on 2016-04-02 21:13. 1 comments. 232 reads
 
Pretty pacemaker I waist doing 10 to 11 minted Mike's for 10th & 5 know races age group 65 - 69 and swimming 1500 yards 3 times week. Got pacemaker 1/12/16 returned to training after 8 weks. Is a struggle to do 500 yards swim and run more than a minute at a time for 14 -15/min miles. Also on flecanide is this normal? Ifeed it is how long before I am back to "old" self? Any hints, tips appreciated.

Posted by Blanchje on 2016-04-01 18:52. 4 comments. 401 reads
 
I'm 58 and a couple years ago was diagnosed with a left bundle branch block. Follow-ups with my cardiologist showed a decrease in my EF indicating early stage heart failure. I'm not overweight, I ride and exercise regularly, I'm a very healthy eater so it's been a bit of a head scratcher. I had a cath and my arteries are clean as can be so all the diagnosis have been listed as idiopathic which is medical for we have no idea. Initial treatment starting about 6 months ago, was Lisinopril and an increasing dose of Coreg. From day one on the meds I felt like absolute crap. In talking to my cardiologist he has felt in my situation a CRT pacemaker was the ticket. Problem was I fell into the zone for coverage of not sick enough. My doc didn't giv...


Posted by emuell on 2016-03-29 12:18. 10 comments. 584 reads
 
Hi! I'm super-grateful for this forum.

I'm male, 45, 6'6", 210, athletic with diagnosis of Bradycardia, Av Block, 1st Degree, Second Degree Av Bloc, Right Bundle Branch Block.

My question is regarding the possibility of finding a doctor who will support an active lifestyle (surfing, swimming, nordic skiing, rowing, triathlons.) My original referral for an EP seems to be the most accomplished and experienced in the area, but not super-athletic. In mentioning any kind of activity that involved extending my arm, he was not super supportive. (Like I should not plan on doing push-ups or pull-ups?!?)

Should I be shopping around for possibly traveling to another EP who would support my lifestyle better? Or, should...


Posted by yendorh on 2016-03-27 20:46. 6 comments. 342 reads
 
I am 69y old,had heart block,fitted pm 5 weeks ago,feel 20y younger.want to go back to gym,which I was using before I became ill.bought execise monitor which says don't use with implanted pm! it has weak Bluetooth signal,far less than my cellphone or tablet,but manufacturer won't commit to safe use.anyone else using device silimar to FITBIT or other?regards Yendor

Posted by Quemal on 2016-03-20 03:30. 3 comments. 340 reads
 
A neighbor of mine swears by inversion therapy, where you hang upside down to help with back issues. I'm wondering if there is a problem with pacemakers or blood thinners. Can it cause a stroke?

Thank you
Anthony Bowler

Posted by zo6 on 2016-03-18 17:47. 6 comments. 375 reads
 
I enjoy trap shooting, but haven't done any (shotgun) trap shooting since I received my pacemaker. Does anyone shoot shotguns or big bore rifles having a pacemaker installed?

Posted by emmasrekrab on 2016-03-18 15:15. 5 comments. 403 reads
 
I got my pacemaker in 2011 when I was 24. Before the pacemaker I was very active - constant trips to the track and a few programs like P90X. After the pacemaker I pretty much shut down. I gained 80lbs and was so in my head about things I couldn't even jog up a flight of stairs.

I have finally come out on the other side of things and have been going to the track again. I still have to work to not be too paranoid. I would like to work back up to run a half marathon later in the year.. My doctor has cleared me for all exercises except cross fit, pull ups, and push ups but I still fatigue easily and worry when I feel it going off. Any tips to exercising or ways to avoid the mental game of being active with a pacemaker?

Posted by KAZ on 2016-03-16 17:25. 2 comments. 349 reads
 
I have been running 35 years and have had a pacemaker (St. Jude) for just about 6 years. My running, never great has really fallen off and I am running w/walking breaks due it seems to (abt. 3 miles). This has gotten worse as my pacwemaker battery is wearing down. My wonderful Dr. has suggested that maybe a different pacemaker would help. I am just trying to get info on whether this could help and what other manufacturers are out there so I could make an informed (hopefully) choice.

Posted by Barnes42 on 2016-03-16 10:41. 3 comments. 337 reads
 
Hi everyone , have just joined so bare with me , have just had a dual pacemaker fitted and am in recovery , all going well , just wondered about sports after recovery , I've done jui jitsu for 10 years and would obviously like to carry on once recovered , I go to the gym regularly and would regard mysel as pretty fit , a lot of stuff I've read about training after pacemaker has been split down the middle , I've also looked into pace gaurd as an option , has anyone any advice for me , many thanks , Dave

Posted by PeteFindlay on 2016-03-14 15:09. 3 comments. 271 reads
 
I know there's a few CrossFitters on here. Anyone else doing the Open? How's it going for you?

Posted by Rower on 2016-03-14 00:17. 4 comments. 267 reads
 
Hi Sarbear,
Thanks for your message! Did they place yours in a specific way different from the usual? If so please share. jzfagan@aol.com. The doctor is sympathetic to an extent but says the placement has to be as he always does it. It's tomorrow!

Posted by Rower on 2016-03-12 17:00. 10 comments. 393 reads
 
I am the wife of an avid competitive rower (age 60) who rows daily during the season and who is about to get a pacemaker put in on Monday. His doctor is willing to let him try rowing (after recovery of course) but is wary about it. Rowing is huge to him. I found posts from people who work out on the erg(ometer) but not posts of rowers who were able to row after getting a pacemaker. Are there any rowers out there who were able to continue post pacemaker? If so would love to hear from you!!!



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