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Posted by yendorh on 2016-03-27 20:46. 6 comments. 319 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. 320 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. 356 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. 362 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. 328 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. 311 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. 257 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. 253 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. 366 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!!!

Posted by AbNormative on 2016-02-27 16:45. 8 comments. 541 reads
 
I will be replacing my current pacemaker soon, and thinking about what to replace it with.

My heart is too slow and won't speed up: bradycardia and chronotropic incompetence. (And there's a 2-1 AV Node Block at 115 bpm.)

I'm 60 and active. I mainly bike. But biking has been frustrating because my heart rate stays low because my pacemaker doesn't help. That's because my current Medtronic pacemaker has only a single-sensor, an accelerometer. I also run, and my pacemaker works for that, but my knees can't take very much of that.

Now it is time to replace my pacemaker. What do you think would be a better choice for my situation: a dual-sensor (minute ventilation + accelerometer) pacemaker? Or a Biotronik CLS? I...


Posted by jhozanne on 2016-02-26 00:11. 3 comments. 429 reads
 
Is it possible that my device is limiting my max HR and if so how can I get this fixed.? I have difficulty biking up long hills and staying in extended tennis rallies....

Posted by arbit21 on 2016-02-25 14:51. 2 comments. 341 reads
 
So I'm a 18 yr old and I had pacemaker surgery done in last Oct. My question is whether in general there is a large degree of 'chances of harm' in learning a professional sports like tennis or swimming, particularly. I can wait for some time, but I really wanna learn and get qualified in some sports.

Posted by Pinecone on 2016-02-24 18:03. 5 comments. 491 reads
 
It's been about 1 1/2 weeks since my pacemaker implant. I would like to start some exercise: just walking. I guess I am afraid to allow my arms to swing naturally while walking for fear that I might dislodge something! I tried to walk on a treadmill with natural arm swinging (no vigorous arm swinging!), but after a short while, my pacemaker incision site began to hurt a bit. Did I start exercising too soon? Mind you, I only walked moderately (3 mph) for 1/2 mile! It looks like it's going to be a slow process. . .

Posted by Tkdbec on 2016-02-22 04:47. 5 comments. 346 reads
 
I recently became a blackbelt in taekwondo. I believe the first black belt with a pacemaker !!The instructor always reminds the students to not make contact with me or they will face lots of push up. So far nobody has gotten them. I am also in warfarin and yes , have been bruised by accident. Never the less I really enjoy it so I encourage those who want to take a martials to speak with the instructor and ask how they feel about having a student with a pacemaker in their class.

Posted by pwh51 on 2016-02-17 03:11. 0 comments. 311 reads
 
I was wondering if a Shark Shield would have any effect in my Medtronic pace maker defibulator when hookah diving. the battery is18vdc andIt emits 150A pulses each 0.6 seconds.
Cheers. Pete.


Posted by oldearthworm on 2016-02-15 20:25. 4 comments. 384 reads
 
This "panting" I am doing after 60 seconds, 50 RPM, on the Giant exercise bike . After a total of 180 seconds or so , I finally stop, having burned all of 18 calories .. I hit 19 calories , once, last week...
The PM was implanted last July (St Jude 2 wire) .
Age ? 76
Weight ? 158
BP ? 164 / 44/ 68 .. .. 10-15 minutes after the exercise . . and my hands are still cold, even if its 71 degrees F here in the drafty old media room .

Posted by BillH on 2016-02-15 04:02. 1 comments. 451 reads
 
For those interested in how well they work or don't work here are 2 recent articles.

http://xgl-coffee.org/%E2%80%8Boptical-heart-rate-tech-accuracy-the-experts-speak/

"Wareable verdict

So what have we learned from talking to the experts of heart rate tech? Well firstly, if you’re serious about your sport and data today, then steer clear of the wrist monitor. It’s a great way for entry level runners and fitness fans to take control of their plans, but for those using the data to train, it’s not up to task.

And while runners may one day be able to use optical tech for training sessions, when lag times and algorithms improve, for gym bunnies and HIIT fans, it looks unlikely that the wrist wil...


Posted by catthree on 2016-02-14 14:39. 6 comments. 406 reads
 
New member with a question about factors impacting Recovery Heart Rate (how fast HR returns to resting level after exercise).

Background: 68 yr old male, >50 years competitive distance running and bicycle racing, Medtronic Protector XT DR installed after V-tach episodes beginning 2012. V-tach ablated Aug 2015, started using bicycle indoors on CycleOps trainer about 1 month ago after 1 1/2 years of no biking at all, only walking.

From other posts, understand that Medtronic doesn't detect cycling exercise well, and I am still on beta blockers. Noticed recently, when I watched my HR recovery, that after 45 minutes "hard" workout (altho' avg HR only ~110) that while HR dropped to 75 bpm quickly, it took another 30-40minut...


Posted by andronicus on 2016-02-11 12:13. 5 comments. 459 reads
 
I had an ICD fitted at the back end of November 2015. Prior to this after a couple of collapses, for which there was no diagnosis, I was referred to the cardio rehab gym. I completed this course and my focus was to get back to kayaking, I kayak for pleasure both sea and fresh water, no competition.
After my implant I was referred back to the gym and now the physio tells me I can no longer kayak at all. Just wondering if anyone else kayaks and whether they have been told the same thing. I am feeling really low as kayaking is a bit of a passion as I live on the coast. Also can anyone explain why I can't kayak. Would be grateful for any feedback.

Posted by Saugrenue on 2016-02-08 17:28. 2 comments. 408 reads
 
Hi All, Happy Chinese New Year (I wrote books about such things) After the installation of my pacemaker, my cardiologist told me to hold off on exercise. Nothing strenuous and above all don't lift heavy things.

Before the AFib and Pacemaker, I was at the gym 3 times a week with a trainer. Now I am a blob. During the Afib I was in hospital for 6 months trying different meds to slow my heart. As a result my muscles have melted. Now it hurts to walk.

Has anyone had a similar experience and come out the other side with more stamina? I wonder about a treadmill or some other mild exercise to get started.
Thanks, Suzanne White



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