St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by SALEMRoy on 2015-04-09 12:43. 5 comments. 242 reads
 
Ive had my Pacmeaker going on 8 years now and at one point I was told that I could not operate a snowblower due to the vibration. Living in New England and after this bad period. Has anyone used a snowblower while having a pacemaker if so have you experienced any issues or not?

Posted by Bobbiesheart on 2015-04-07 12:17. 6 comments. 321 reads
 
I have been living with a Pacemaker for 42 years. I walk 3 miles every day. Life is great!!

Posted by wljonesaa on 2015-04-06 14:47. 12 comments. 460 reads
 
Hey everyone, this is my first post to the site after just receiving my pacemaker a week ago today at he old age of 33. I have spent so much time reading on this site that I have actually been able to accept things now where just a few days before I thought this was a life sentence.

A quick background... just yesterday I was told to walk over and talk to a lady at church who has had a pacemaker for "years". THAT WAS A MISTAKE! She obviously has had nothing put pain and trouble with hers since she got it. Said she cant use her arm for hardly anything. So I was instantly depressed and had to get back home quick to this site.

my question... before this I had just started competing in Crossfit competitions and really fe...


Posted by WENDYMARA on 2015-04-06 13:10. 4 comments. 230 reads
 
Okay so I finally decided to join a gym to work my heart out more. Question for you, I've been doing weights over my head and was told I shouldn't due to possibly pulling out my leads.
Thanks
Wendy


Posted by Firefoy on 2015-04-03 18:57. 2 comments. 220 reads
 
Has anyone here been i the Medtronic Global Heroes program and run the Twin Cities Marathon?

Posted by SoCal-TV on 2015-04-03 15:41. 2 comments. 217 reads
 
I noticed that tappiong on the unit, St Jude, will increase the HR.I'm having trouble getting the HR to respond to effort when cycling. I tried using a thunping type of massage machine at home and it actually works good when placed right over the PM. It goes from 60 resting seated to 85 fairly quickly. My home unit is 110 volts so obviously wont work on a bike. Has anyone tried a mobile unit, battery operated?

Posted by SoCal-TV on 2015-03-31 18:23. 2 comments. 203 reads
 
Can a St Jude PM be adjusted remotely by cell phone? If so can the user do this? I would like to increase the sensitivity of the accelerometer before cycling. It only paces me up to 75 BM, like a brisk walk. The rest comes from my natural heart, which only gets up to about 105 on a mountain bike. Tapping on the device doesn't do much.

Posted by Dianne on 2015-03-31 15:35. 3 comments. 225 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. 349 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. 196 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. 281 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. 209 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. 282 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. 254 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. 452 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. 336 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. 379 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. 357 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. 278 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. 383 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!



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