St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Dianne on 2015-03-31 15:35. 3 comments. 210 reads
 
I have struggled over the past 5 years trying to get my pacemaker settings so that I can run effectively. My heart rate seems to go up very high and stay there even while on a slow run (lol they are all slow now). I have been training for a half marathon and doing everything everyone else does but seem to be unable to get my body to drop into a lower gear. Can someone tell me what the rate response settings for runners would be? Or suggestions?

Posted by Eggnation on 2015-03-31 10:50. 6 comments. 291 reads
 
ok- very fit gym going guy.... had my day 10 visit post PM yesterday- everything is working ok but I think I will be paranoid about my leads dislodging forever. My MD told me a story of a guy at month 6 who went on a roller coaster and jerked back his arms and his leads came loose. Oh well....big questions;

1) Returning to the gym? Pull-ups, pushups, chest, shoulders....I guess I will start very slow with legs, isolated arms, etc....maybe at the month to 6 week mark. Any others out there who were/are avid gym goers?

2) I am still trying to figure out what happens between the leads and the PM- do they just get more supported better with muscle as it heals and then you can do more things...any science people out there? ...


Posted by dmedcalf on 2015-03-30 21:09. 3 comments. 175 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker 3 months today. Before I got it I was a crossfitter for 3 years. I think it is time to get back to it. My worry is pulling the leads on different lifts. Does anyone know if the snatch and kipping pullups are out for me or can I do them without pulling anything. I know I will need to start out light but would like to at least get a 95 pound snatch again..also, what about overhead squats and handstand pushups? Not sure what i can and cannot do. Love my box just noone there has a pacemaker so noone knows how to answer my questions.

Posted by Nick.k(uk) on 2015-03-29 09:23. 4 comments. 243 reads
 
Hi,
The Tom Tom site says consult your GP before using the Cardio GPS device if, like us , you have a pacemaker fitted.

Is this them just covering there backs or is there an issue?

I understood it worked via a light sensor which I cannot see being a problem and am pretty sure my GP will not have a clue. (Although she has been brilliant in every other way.)

I've just asked for one as a birthday present and am wondering?

Thanks nick


Posted by natlat on 2015-03-26 17:27. 4 comments. 196 reads
 
So I had my yearly Echo and no events this year. In short, last year in March and April I experienced fainting episode while running and sustained vtach. I got an Icd and also on Sotalol 40 mg 2x per day. I continue to run and workout, not doing heavy mileage nor high intensity. I feel great. Docs say I can now come off the meds! I am interested in anyone else on here who has successfully come off meds, but are runners and athletes who still workout and have an ICD. Hope to hear from you! I have not yet come off the meds...

Posted by edwardtk on 2015-03-23 11:40. 11 comments. 263 reads
 
Hi All,

Yesterday, (4 months and a bit after getting my PM), i completed the Phuket 10 mile (16 km) run... in 28 degree heat!

Admittedly, i was a bit slower than usual, but i made it! I'm so happy (despite the muscle aches) that i have got my fitness back, my PM didn't even blink.

Not so long ago, i didnt think i would ever be able to do something like that again...i was wrong.

Really enjoying reading all the comments on here...You guys rock! Take care Everyone.

Cheers,

Edward

Posted by wjs1954 on 2015-03-22 18:04. 3 comments. 244 reads
 
Feeling like I am a runner again, 3rd age group 265 over all , 1711 in the race. 13 months post pacemaker. Cannot wait till the next race !! 60 and not stopping.....

Posted by Decco on 2015-03-20 14:44. 6 comments. 425 reads
 
I've just had my (first) pacemaker fitted, 8 days ago and have had my first very light run. My Garmin HRM is confused and telling me i have a very heart rate. I have a dual lead StJudes so i'm guessing it is reading the heart rate twice as my pacemaker technician said it would. Given that i have quite a few garmin products i'd like to stay with them. The HRM doesnt read when i put it on my back as suggested on some forums. So what now, i'd like to continue monitoring my heart rate while training, this is how i first noticed that my heart rate wasn't what it should be in the first place. Can i do this with a Garmin device or are there more tried and tested alternatives. Are wrist HRM's any good?

Posted by sai_chaitanya2001 on 2015-03-18 21:43. 7 comments. 318 reads
 
Hi
I am new to the club.Please ignore if I am asking the wrong question.

I had a resting heart rate of around 90bpm two months back.I recently started working out and I do treadmill everyday as a part of the daily routine.When running on treadmill,my heart rate goes to a maximim of 173 bpm.

After several days of working out, my heart rate fell to 75,which I thought was proper as Treadmill makes the heart stronger.But I recently found that my heartrate has dropped further to 60bpm.I am now worried if I am running into any kind of problem.Please help.

I dont have any visible symptoms as of now.

Posted by Wayneflewis on 2015-03-18 03:30. 4 comments. 333 reads
 
Girls and Boys
Just passed the 2 year mark with my St.Jude pacemaker and thought I should pass on my experience as a very keen recreational cyclist and former racer. I hope this will give some positive encouragement to people coming back to the sport post insertion.
63 years young, fitted due to A.Fib, very low pulse over night (20bpm) heart block etc.
Currently riding 5 days out of 7, average speed on hilly courses around 25km over 40 to 80 km.
min. 8-10 hours a week on the bike, average bpm 92 with top bpm around 125 -130 bpm.
Currently taking statins plus 50 mg of Metoprolol per day.
Being carel on diet, but a good glass of Australian red wine most days.....in conclusion I have to say I've never felt bette...


Posted by mcordero on 2015-03-16 14:02. 8 comments. 338 reads
 
Hi,
Im a journalist. I live in Costa Rica - yes, beautiful, huh! - I ran 5 marathons so far: twice NY, Rome, Paris, and Athens. Now, last month, I got my pacemaker. And first question for the doctor was "can I run more marathons", he said "yes, that little fella on your chest, is like a BMW".
So, I hope to run my sixth in September.
Any marathoners here?

Im 37 years old. Its been just a month after surgery, but I hope this afternoon, the doctor will let me run again now :P Is it too soon? Thnks for all the advice!


Posted by ultrapacer on 2015-03-14 18:06. 4 comments. 264 reads
 
Does anyone know of someone who has run a 100 mile ultrmarathon with a cardiac pacemaker?

Posted by Jackw on 2015-03-06 20:52. 3 comments. 333 reads
 
At 68, I still ski, hike, run. At least I did until recently. Been diagnosed with sinus node disorder. Harry runs in the 40s dipping to 30s while asleep. The only symptom is I get out of breath when I ramp up exercise. Getting a pm in about a month. Doc has mentioned Medtronic and Biotronix as options. Does anyone have thoughts on which pm has the best rate responsive characteristics? I understand there are different approaches to adapting to higher exercise demands on the cv system. My goal is to be able to ski, hike or run for a good number of years yet.
Thoughts? Experiences?

Thanks!

Posted by Gailae on 2015-03-04 14:40. 6 comments. 303 reads
 
Hi. I had my pacemaker put in at the end of December 2014. My biggest problem is getting advice on returning to horse riding and jumping. I compete and agree I can come off if horse suddenly stops at a high jump. I have had varying degrees of advice from people/Doctors from yes you can return to any sport regardless , to a Doctor saying today that it is not wise because of the risk of the falls when jumping. She feels that the leads can be ripped out too easily if I have a fall!!!
I feel devastated. Anyone out there who has some advice and who does the same sport.

Posted by kevbo311 on 2015-03-04 11:44. 9 comments. 390 reads
 
I had my pacemaker put in Feb 4 2015. No issues and after 3 weeks was allowed to start lifting my arm above my head and lifting things over 10lbs. I see alot of different info about when to start working out. Some sites say 12 weeks other say 4 weeks.
I plan to start slow but wondering, whats the average weeks people on this site have waited

Thanks
Kevin

Posted by mariamachin987 on 2015-03-03 10:29. 2 comments. 354 reads
 
I have a pacemaker. what exercise can I do .

Posted by jasperbiag on 2015-03-03 04:17. 4 comments. 231 reads
 
Good Day to all!

i'm happy to be here :) Im currently on my 4th month with my pacemaker. before my pacemaker im on weightlifting gym. now that i have pacemaker i stopped lifting, right now im planning to go to a boxing gym will it be okay if im just there for their cardio stuff? no upper left chest/arm movement involved also punching only at right arm. although there's jumping jacks. will it be okay for me? i'm a little scared, is 4 months already okay? thanks for the answers in advanced :)

Posted by Soodoo1 on 2015-03-01 21:03. 5 comments. 323 reads
 
Anyonehave y issues using a hot tub?

Posted by Somanito on 2015-03-01 09:50. 3 comments. 242 reads
 
Hello! I had my pacemaker implanted on January 26. I have been working on getting back in shape. I have noticed I can start an activity and feel great then all of a sudden will feel kind of strange like the energy was drained. If I keep working I can push through but it's diconcerting has anyone else had this experience?
I have also noticed it after eating sometimes.



Posted by Gailae on 2015-02-28 00:35. 9 comments. 351 reads
 
I am very unsure of when a person typically can return to full Sporting activities such as golf, front crawl swimming , horse riding , tennis,badminton etc.
I know one had to be cautious of aggressive over arm movements but how long does it take for the leads to be firmly adhesed in the heart or is it always a risky thing to pull the leads out?



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