St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Maximus on 2014-08-05 17:25. 2 comments. 215 reads
 
Hi
Implanted with Medtronic Adapta 2 years ago because, although my A/F was fairly infrequent, coming out of A/F back to sinus was causing long pauses. Always had a low pulse, low 50s resting. More A/F since PM, plus more PACs and PVCs. On beta blockers. 65 years old and fit and have now traded intensive gym classes and now do more swimming and hiking. Have done the Camino de Santiago for the last 3 years ( 500 miles with pack over 32 days ). Always feel better during the walk. Planning on going again next month.

My problem is that apart from the lower rate, 45 bpm. I am still at factory settings and I feel I could do better with a few changes. My cardiologist has agreed to put me on a treadmill to see how I react and th...


Posted by imitchener on 2014-08-05 16:38. 3 comments. 199 reads
 
Finally found a Heart Rate Monitor that actually works 100% of the time during any kind of exercise. Used walking, treadmill running, bike riding and even at night to find my true RHR.

The Mio Alpha. (http://mioglobal.com/alpha)

Pros
Does not use a chest strap but instead is a wrist worn device.
Allows a continuous readout on both a display and iPhone app.
Does not pickup any extra pulses and seems to agree with both the HR measured on the treadmill readout, HR measured by BP Monitor and using the HR App on my iPhone.
No unexpected high peaks (chest strap often registered over 200BPM).
Rechargeable battery. Recharge using supplied charging dock from any USB charger.
Comfortable to wear e...


Posted by bacquito on 2014-08-05 15:17. 0 comments. 123 reads
 
I had a St.Jude pacemaker implanted a week ago today, started casually walking but will probably take it easy for 5-6 weeks.
My hope is to get back into kayaking. I am a touring kayaker and not a whitewater kayaker. I have read the caution re. kayaking but I can adjust my paddeling to avoid a lot of overhead motions.

Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-08-03 22:58. 5 comments. 179 reads
 
could not find a race on my actual B-day. So we drove to New Hamspshire for the weekend so we could do a 5 miler the day after. 8-2 We (the wife and I) both ran the fireroad 5 miler in Kingston NH, my time was a little better than I had thought I could do, I really had not been training due to RR issues with my PM. Had a wonderful B-DAY weekend and race, back to the factory tomorrow. Now it is really time to start training for the 100 mile bike ride end of Sept and 1/2 Marathon in October.

Posted by GC27 on 2014-07-31 13:25. 3 comments. 195 reads
 
Hello,

I hope everyone is doing good. I was wondering if Boxing excersice is okay. I am not talking about going head to head with someone, just the excersice like, punching- bag, jumping jacks and all that other good stuff.

Posted by natlat on 2014-07-30 11:37. 8 comments. 295 reads
 
Hi, so I was implanted with an ICD in April. I am also on beta blockers. I am athletic and run. I suffered from a SVT while running prior to that and a fainting episode. I have scar on my ventricles and with every test imagineable, it remains undiagnosed. So I am back at running, with my trusty heart rate monitor. Not as much as before, and much slower, but happy and feeling good. My rate response for my ICD is now off. I have a little residual fatigue and my doc suggests we turn the rate rsponse on? I worry that it will get my heart rate too high for my needs. Does anyone have experience with this? And what are your general settings? My low is set at 60, my ICD begins to monitor at 145 and shock at 175 if it cannot outpace me....


Posted by TerryJohns on 2014-07-30 02:42. 4 comments. 256 reads
 
My PVC events only occur during strenuous exercise. I have a pacemaker because of 2nd degree A/V block. Sometimes during running, my PVCs trigger an SVT/AVNRT event. I've had an ablation procedure done that has eliminated nearly all of my SVT events. But, I still have a few PVCs during running. Immediately following a PVC, my breathing rhythm feels very labored and inefficient and usually continues that way until I stop. Usually after stopping, for as short of a period as 15-30 seconds, I can feel my breathing rhythm return to normal and I can resume running without a problem.

My questions: Does a PVC event make a pacemaker start pacing? And, is my PM pacing, the reason for the labored and inefficient breathing rhythm I...


Posted by aportice on 2014-07-29 22:06. 4 comments. 239 reads
 
I had a pacemaker placed 10 days ago. I was told to take it easy for 2 weeks and not put my arm above my head in that time.

I normally lead a very busy, active life. I run a horse farm and my daily activities include: carrying water buckets, walking fences, carrying 50lb grain bags, throwing multiple bales of hay, running, riding, and dealing with lifting all sorts of things.

How long should I be NOT doing my normal activities? It's killing me to sit and watch this Summer go by and it's only been 10 days. I don't want complications but would also like to get on with things.

Just looking for timeframes, things to be careful of, and things to NOT do.



Posted by TKDMaster on 2014-07-29 16:52. 4 comments. 178 reads
 
Hi I am posting for my husband. He recently gotten his PM after heart valve replacement surgery. His passion is Tae Kwon Do (martial arts) and is wondering if anyone has found a light weight fairly resistant pad for protection of the area of the shoulder where the PM is? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

TKD Master's Wife

I just want to see him get back to doing what he likes

Posted by Tattoo Man on 2014-07-28 10:10. 10 comments. 225 reads
 

................just back from my 6th Adidas 24 hour Thunderun weekend in the UK. Shatteringly hot weather,.. 3 X 10 k relay runs,..the second in the woods at night...epic. My team of seven smashed out times to give us 24 laps of the all off-road circuit. TR 14 is quite probably the most gruelling challenge in the UK,...2700 runners in all. Magic !

A somewhat limping Tattoo Man

Posted by golden_snitch on 2014-07-27 02:52. 14 comments. 336 reads
 
I participated in my first (official) 5k run yesterday evening, and finished in exactly 32:00 minutes! Given that the temperature was 30 degrees Celsius, I am really proud of this time. Heart rate was high, mostly max. CLS rate of 160, but also had episodes of 170-190bpm due to an atrial intrinsic rhythm kicking in and being tracked by the ventricular lead. It was okay - exhausting, but breathing was fine, and legs were fine, too.

The run took me up and down the "Ku'Damm", one of the main shopping streets in the heart of Berlin. There were 3000 participants in the 5k run, and 7000 in the 10k run, and along the track there were around 30.000 people watching. The atmosphere was quite overwhelming! And was what waiting for me afte...


Posted by PeteFindlay on 2014-07-25 08:02. 4 comments. 257 reads
 
I've just been signed off as ok to get back to skydiving! 10 weeks post-op.

Understandably, I suppose, my GP wasn't happy signing off with limited specialist knowledge, so I had to go back to a consultant (privately - not NHS. I'm in the UK). But he's now said there's no reason to seek any further specialist referrals for this in the future as long as the regular clinic checks are fine.

The only potential issue comes from direct trauma from the harness over the PM site. I'm sub-pectoral anyway, but will just check if I need some extra padding before I try anything - just in case.

Hope I haven't missed the British summer....

This now means that pretty much the only thing I can't do as before is b...


Posted by culver001 on 2014-07-24 11:50. 15 comments. 272 reads
 
Hello all I had my PM installed in Nov 2013. I am a 49 year old healthy women. I have went back to most of my activities. I do boxing workouts on a heavy bag. Does anyone else do this type of activity? I have been experiencing tightness around my PM. Its not overall chest tightness, like muscle soreness, its a tightness around the PM feels almost like its being wrapped up or choked.
Is this still part of the healing process? I am still in shock that I have this PM and feel when I call my cardio office they can't really answer since most of the patients I saw at the office were not in my age group or physical fit relm. I almost feel like I am wasting their time and bugging them with questions.
SO I am bugging you all and...


Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-07-24 11:05. 0 comments. 77 reads
 
I am tired of buying separate free weights. Can anyone recommend either Weider speed weight dumbbell or Bowflex Selectech dumbbells (these are interchangeable weights) ?

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-07-24 11:00. 3 comments. 118 reads
 
I am going to PT for groin and hip (not surgery, just injury). The PT told me misalignment, so stretching. One stretch is lying down, take big exercise ball in hands and stretch overhead and back. I notice that it is uncomfortable and its tight in the pacemaker. Does anyone have this problem with tightness ? I notice with my 2nd pacemaker more tightness because its smaller.

Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-07-24 10:56. 0 comments. 62 reads
 
Just a quick update

RR:
I think it is working great HR looks like it did before PM while running, went up to 158 at the end of the race. was up and down about 30 BPM during running. Took about 2-3 minutes to climb to 130 than the first hill hit 153 normal for me. Prior to the adjustment last week 150 was it.

Also prior to adjustment just could not get my pace/Running speed (not that i am at all fast) but could not run anything near what i should be able to do even untrained. last night was able to do about 1.5 minutes per mile faster than before adjustment. Like i said still not fast and will never be or really want to be any more.. But was able to feel like i can run again :>)...

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-07-19 19:18. 8 comments. 212 reads
 
I just got a dvd Beginner Yoga. Is there any moves you do not do with a pacemaker ?

Posted by WillieG on 2014-07-18 21:44. 7 comments. 413 reads
 
Hi! I have had my pacemaker for 4 weeks now. I am 61, very active and my only symptom was a thud in my chest when biking up steep hills. The EP study showed 2nd degree heart block. During the EP study, they paced my atrium to "physiological rates" ( which I assume are around 200 bpm) and decided I had Mobitz II and put in a pacemaker while I was drugged from the study. It seems to me that it could have waited as I could never get my heart rate as high as when they paced it, and I would have been willing to give up the steep hills rather than be stuck with a pacemaker the rest of my life. I was very sore for about 2 weeks and dread the thought of having a new one every 7 years. I feel anxious and depressed as I really don't understan...


Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-07-17 14:23. 1 comments. 189 reads
 
I have been lifting free weights, but just want to be sure I have the correct form. Is there a website that is good to show proper form. I want to get the best out of my weight workout. I only lift 5 or 6 pounds. Going to increase soon.

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-07-17 13:07. 1 comments. 170 reads
 
I am going to the docs Monday, but has anyone had a groin pull ? Not sure how I got it, but even fast pace walking bothers it. Any tips to help heal faster. Its preventing me from exercise.



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