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Posted by MWM1963 on 2015-12-06 14:08. 10 comments. 352 reads
 
Hi there, I have just had a pacemaker last month and my 6 weeks is up on the 16th Dec. Can I go back in the gym and start running again? Bit nervous as not sure what I can and cant do? Please help.

Posted by firekurt on 2015-12-04 18:17. 4 comments. 410 reads
 
I noticed a lot of posts talking about weight lifting movements. After spending hours looking up information on the subject there's nothing clear about doing lifting above the head. Doctors tell everyone not to do anything because it's the safe legal route to the answer but I don't believe it's accurate. I understand the clavicle crushing. If it was so bad then there would be other things beneath ( subclavian vein and the neck muscle attachments) that would also be damaged. I'm thinking they would choose a better route if the potential for damaging leads was high. I want to get back to basic lifting movements but I need a solid answer on doing anything overhead. Has anyone else received better solutions then the DR giving the easy (technic...


Posted by Iwantmikenow on 2015-12-03 19:22. 5 comments. 423 reads
 
I just spoke to my cardio guy an hour ago on this. I had a monitor before my pacemaker that I would wear--the chest strap kind. Anyway, he was like....why bother? Just go work out and have fun doing it. I get his point, but I pressed the question and he said that the monitors will more than likely get confused when I pace and that it may double the count on the monitor by adding the pacer spikes. I should also stay away from the radio type monitors on the chest...makes sense to me. So I gotta ask you guys that wear fitbits with monitors; I'd like to go back to wearing one while I work out but I want to make an informed decision. Any issues to talk about here?

Posted by firekurt on 2015-12-03 17:50. 5 comments. 295 reads
 
I'm confused. My HR is low ~40bpm when I'm playing with my dog or out jogging. My HR should be high but it's been low during those times. My HR goes back to normal after a couple minutes after taking a break but I cant understand why I'm beating low... Should I have my settings changed? call a tech and explain?

Posted by ShannonMarie33 on 2015-12-03 06:15. 6 comments. 314 reads
 
I'm just wondering if there are any therapy type exercises that I can do to stop my muscle near my pacemaker from feeling so weird? I really don't know how to explain the feeling but there is no pain. I've had my pacemaker for almost a year now and this irritating feeling comes and goes. It feels like my muscles are too tight in my armpit area and pacemaker area, it feels like the muscles are pulling too tight on my arm, armpit, and pacemaker with any movement or even just sitting here. It seems like ever sense the cold weather hit here that it started. Maybe the weather has some affect on it? Who knows. Does anyone do any type of stretching/exersice to help this? Who else gets these muscle tightness or aggrivation and what did you do to ...


Posted by Lake Breeze on 2015-12-02 13:54. 6 comments. 365 reads
 
I have a 2nd degree heart block but doing well with my pacemaker for the past 5 years. My hubby wants to buy me a Fit Bit for Christmas but I want to find out if it's safe to wear, and doesn't interfere with my pacemaker. Any thoughts on this?

Posted by jjiggers on 2015-11-30 01:52. 9 comments. 450 reads
 
I've been doing well for the last few months. Changed to a low carb diet and the "spells" where I felt like I was going to pass out went away...Have had occasional times where I was light-headed when I stand up too fast or bend over, but feel that is probably normal at 68.

This weekend I went zip lining with the family...kids and grandkids had not been, I had. No problem at all on the lines, but started noticing I was having problems on the stairs going up to each new level...each was harder and slower and took me a little longer to catch my breath. By the time we made it up to #9, the last of the zip lines...I passed out...they had to send the rescue cart up to get me...My husband was checking my pulse on my fitbit and manually...


Posted by Madamski on 2015-11-27 17:36. 4 comments. 408 reads
 
Hey. I just got my first PM 2 weeks ago for SSS and I´ve just started to realize that I´ll have it for the rest of my life. I´m still having troubles with that. Im 30 years old and I really didn´t see this coming.
One of the reasons is: Doctors told me that with a PM I could do almost anything but martial arts. I´ve been practising Kung Fu zwice a week for 2 years now and I really don´t want to stop that. I´ve had problems for with my joints 13 years so there´s a lot of things that don´t work for me (basically everything with running) and Kung Fu has become really important for me. It´s just the perfect combination of Workout, moves, selfdefence and dealing with stress. Does anyone of you have experience or any suggestions ...


Posted by vincep on 2015-11-22 03:52. 4 comments. 411 reads
 
Been shopping and there are a lot of new ones out there. Microsoft Band 2, Fitbit Surge, Charge HR. You have to keep swiping, toggling to get HR. But I'm hoping the Mio Alpha 2 is going to have full time BPM display as default display. ALL the others now with their updates installed revert to a time display unless you are in a work out mode of some kind, which I assume depletes their batteries. Any thoughts or advice is appreciated.

Posted by xitsrheax on 2015-11-18 21:46. 2 comments. 315 reads
 
HI, I'm Rhea and I'm 13. A few weeks ago I was playing hockey and I was in defence on a long corner (with masks so the ball doesn't hit you in the face). So the ball avoided my face and went right into my icd. I live in the UK and I have a ski trip coming up, my parents want to get a protection thing, but there aren't any that ship to the UK or are a descent price.

Need advice!!

Posted by vincep on 2015-11-14 00:29. 3 comments. 427 reads
 
I'm one week new to pacemaker, and very concerned about skiing and if my IPG can be adjust so I can ski, which is my passion. I could not even rollerblade 1/2 mile compared to 6 miles two weeks ago. I am concerned the motion (and skiing) may be too smooth to activate the pacemaker. My pulse didn't increase skating on blacktop, left me dizzy and fatigued in no time. ;(

Posted by Nick.k(uk) on 2015-11-13 22:47. 6 comments. 451 reads
 
1st implant anniversary today.
In that year I have run the London marathon 3:37 (pb by 22 minutes) and 3 half marathons the most recent being Cardiff in 1:33:37 which at 64 seems ok.

That's the self praise bit but the reason for posting is to say thank you to those members who gave me guidance during those difficult first few weeks and months.

Without your guidance and encouragement I would not have challenged the hospital who were saying 6-8 weeks with no running. Which would almost certainly have scuppered my plans to run London and probably resulted in depression to which, without running I remain prone.

Nor would I have gone back to them and asked and eventually insisted that they turn off the "m...


Posted by Ironheart on 2015-11-12 20:50. 2 comments. 401 reads
 
post pm fitting I have found that my heart rate is quite a lot higher when I exercise. I am used to training with a h/r monitor and work in different intensity zones, so it has been easy to see the changes.
I am 3 months post pm now and these changes in h/r whilst exercising have not improved.
Today whilst cycling quite a hard session my heart hit its vo2max 180+ something it never did prior to pm being fitted even though I trained as hard if not harder. I also felt as if I was going to over heat and had some sharp central chest pain briefly.
Needless to say I eased off and cooled down.
Im okay now and have had no further chest pain.
I just wonder if any body else has experienced this.
I had my pacemaker fit f...


Posted by fox30 on 2015-11-12 13:03. 5 comments. 438 reads
 
Has anyone had experience with weight training ( eg bench presses, barbell curls,chins etc) after a pectoral muscle implantation This is, of course, after everything seems to be healed.The pectoral muscles seems to be used for just about any arm or shoulder exercise and will the pacemaker be a risk with vigorous contraction of the muscle?

Posted by Dollybird on 2015-11-08 10:38. 2 comments. 508 reads
 
I put this under exercise. Please help. I'm a female, post-menopausal. Just started new relationship. Sex the other night-blood everywhere-no pain, no problems. I think it was the warfarin as my readings have been up and down. Very embarrassing. Any other ladies with this problem?

Posted by RandomICD on 2015-11-07 11:23. 6 comments. 491 reads
 
I'm 30 years old with congenital heart defect. I recently had an ICD and wire replacement as there was a fault.
Before this my doctor was happy with me swimming a mile a week but now advises against it as it may have caused a fracture in the pacing lead due to 'repetitive arm movement'.
There are some with pacemakers who think this is true and others who happily distance swim, and do other upper body activities with no issues.
I love swimming and want to do more upper body exercises; kite boarding, kayaking, weights etc.
What's everyone's experience on this?
Thanks

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2015-11-06 00:37. 3 comments. 366 reads
 
Do I measure my target heart rate the same as everyone else with a pacemaker ? Do the meds I take influence the target heart too ?

Posted by jd1990 on 2015-11-05 04:59. 7 comments. 459 reads
 
So,

I've been wanting to give Brazilian Jiu Jitsu a try but have been a bit hesitant because I have a pacemaker. I had my pacemaker implanted March of 2013 because of bradycardia and have had no issues since my surgery in regards to my device itself. My main concern is having my pacemaker become damaged due to the rolling around, which could put weight on the pacemaker itself. The pacemaker is subcutaneous and lies on my upper/mid left pec.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, I've seen a few other threads on this site that were related to this post but I'd like to see if I can get any further input.

Thanks guys,

Justin

Posted by TFRDDS on 2015-11-02 01:42. 5 comments. 403 reads
 
I got my PM about 6 weeks ago and my cardiologist said it is no problem for me to resume swimming with no restrictions. He did say that it would be probably be best to swim in grounded pools. I have spoken to a couple people who have been swimming at our local YMCA that is ungrounded and never had a problem. Is this a concern as most older pools are ungrounded. thanks TFR

Posted by Ironheart on 2015-10-30 21:53. 2 comments. 423 reads
 
Hi all
I had my dual pacemaker fit in August. I have noticed when exercising now that my h/r goes higher quicker for less effort than before my pm and takes longer to recover.
Has anybody else experienced this?
The pm was fitted for heart block and bradycardia snd and pm kicks in at 40. Not being paced for anything else
Thanks



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