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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

Posted by turtle on 2016-02-06 13:44. 11 comments. 508 reads
 
Question: Has anyone had the experience of having their running watch give an incorrect heartrate because of interference from the pacemaker? My Garmin forerunner 225 jumped from 120 bpm to 175 bpm and wouldn't correct until I removed it and then put it back on. I am going to see if wearing it on the other wrist makes a difference.

Posted by mg on 2016-02-06 12:51. 7 comments. 426 reads
 
I`ve been diagnosed now with etopics which seen to come and go in runs . This appears to have been the problem that's been making me feel really rubbish some days and do not feel like exercise. For some reason they have not been reported by the Techs at my regular check ups.
I was suppose to have had bigeminy rythms some time ago but could never feel it when checking my pulse.
Now however I can feel regular missed beats when feeling bad.
My question is why do I have missed beats when surely the PM is set to deliver a regular ones?
Thank for any input........mg

Posted by Brendan24 on 2016-02-05 03:02. 5 comments. 523 reads
 
I’m kind of new to this but I figured I would post something. When I was little I grew tired all the time, but never while playing the game I love. Baseball. Eventually doctors decided it was time for me to get a pacemaker when I was nine, and asked me what my dream was. I said I wanted to play college baseball. The doctor looked me and my parents in the eye and said that was unlikely with your condition, and will be risky as the level of play increases. That’s when I decided, that I was going to do it. To a nine year old a pacemaker was an odd thing, and even more odd as I grew, with my shoulders exceeding the length of my wires. Turns out my wires began to crack and no longer had functioned, causing me to sleep everywhere I went, ess...


Posted by davstecut on 2016-02-03 23:21. 4 comments. 461 reads
 
I have an occasional back problem and I like to hang from a bar, supposedly to stretch my back, and I have wondered recently whether this hanging with my full weight on my arms might be harmful to my pacemaker.

Posted by mukul on 2016-01-31 12:39. 5 comments. 442 reads
 
I have my new Medtronic dual chamber dual pacing mri compatible pacemaker installed on January 11. I am 58 and half years old now. I lead an active life. I am wondering if I will be able to resume yoga exercise. If I avoid doing vigorous right arm movement ( Pacemaker fitted on the right side), should. I be able to do asanas as I did before? Please help and guide de me

Posted by Miriam on 2016-01-30 20:34. 5 comments. 511 reads
 
Anyone know of an exercise wristband like Fitbit that will not interfere with Pacemaker? Thank you.

Posted by Deb5 on 2016-01-27 18:35. 1 comments. 341 reads
 
I have been in a supervised exercise program for 18 months. Was doing extremely well and for the last 4 weeks have been very short of breath. The trainers have modified my program to try to accommodate the shortness of breath. Blood tests reveal a very slight increase in thyroid. Everything else normal. Pacemaker has an upper limit of 130. I have third degree heart block and have had 2 ablations. My question is should my pacemaker setting be increased to accommodate my increase in physical fitness level?

Posted by medtron on 2016-01-25 15:22. 2 comments. 354 reads
 
hi,
I had total heart block 2 years ago and was fitted with a dual lead Medtronic pacemaker. I am also on beta blockers (bisoprolol) for tachycardia and flecanide for atrial flutter. I am waiting for an ablation at the moment so stuck on meds for the moment.my question is I have taken up jogging and am finding myself short of breath after a short period of time is this related to my meds or could it be my general fitness. I have had my pace maker checked and everything is fine with it, and its got rate response switched on.

I also find when I lie on my left side at night that I get a throbbing sensation at my pacemaker site does any body else experience this?
thanks for reading

Posted by sega on 2016-01-25 12:09. 4 comments. 587 reads
 
Hi,
I was wondering if anybody knows,if i can play golf after PM implant.My first PM implant was on 2000 and i have replace the new once in 2011.But i only replace my device and not the leads.
Just after 4 year ,I was told that my battery was drain off and i should replace them immediately.

So i decide to get them replace within 24 hours.But this time its complete set(device and Leads). After my surgery i ask the doctor,what possible have gone wrong with my pacemaker.

He told me,my leads has broken. the possibility is because of my golf game.But i relay don't understand.My first implant of PM lasted nearly 10 years and i am playing golf as well during that time.

Can anyone answer me,because i lov...


Posted by Lisalac on 2016-01-25 04:31. 4 comments. 267 reads
 
I'm am wondering if any ladies have a good sports bra sold in Canada that won't chafe my incision when I run long distances. I've tried body glide; racer back and regular stap sports bras and always have a bit of an chafe on it. Thanks Lisa

Posted by PAMMY on 2016-01-23 19:39. 5 comments. 343 reads
 
Hi all

Just completed a 10k race - first one in 18 months due to ongoing calf (not heart) problems. I have done quite a bit of training for it but I really struggle going up hills (there is a gradual hill between 2 and 4 k). I feel I've got no energy or oomph! to get me up. I seem okay once the route flattens out. I get quite frustrated that before the pm implant in 2013 the people I used to beat quite easily and who are in my age group now beat me - not that I'm competitive or anything! Just wondering if it could be anything to do with my pacemaker settings or should I just admit that I am not as fit anymore and getting older?!! Any advice from you 'experts' out there would be welcome.
Pammy

Posted by fox30 on 2016-01-21 12:42. 3 comments. 377 reads
 
I have a Medtronic Consulta CRT-P.
Now three months post implantation I am back to running , being a 35 year plus marathoner. Implanted because of intermittent second degree block plus LBBB.
My running times are approaching my pre-LBBB levels but I am noticing a very sluggish first mile and my Polar heart rate is very erratic during that time , reading much higher than my counted pulse at wrist. Question are there settings on the Rate Response function that are involved?ADL rate is95.ADL response is set at 3 as is exertion response.Activity threshold is medium low and activity acceleration is 30 sec ADL setpoint is 17 and UR setpoint is 34.I realize older runners take longer to get "warmed up" and I noticed that trend even befo...


Posted by cycling22 on 2016-01-18 14:58. 7 comments. 447 reads
 
I just joined the PC club today. I had my PM implant on Dec 28, 2015. I am a little nervous about starting cycling again. Can anyone help me out with this topic?

Posted by turtle on 2016-01-16 14:28. 3 comments. 330 reads
 
After reflecting on member advice and being urged by my anxious wife I decided to skip the 4 mile run this morning. There are more coming next month. Thanks for taking the time to give me the benefit of your experience.

Posted by turtle on 2016-01-15 19:40. 6 comments. 403 reads
 
I received my pacemaker 19 days ago and am supposed to run a 4 mile race tomorrow. I am using a Forerunner 225 to track my heart rate. Any advice on how much stress I should allow?

Posted by fox30 on 2016-01-14 14:10. 4 comments. 349 reads
 
I know a number of PM Club folks have run marathons or half marathon or triathlons but my question is have any done so with a CRT.
Having run a number of marathons I now have a Bi V because of a exercise induced AV block and a left bundle branch block.The LBBB is recent and clearly decreased by exercise capacity.Since the PM implantation by exercise capacity is almost back to the pre LBBB levels. I have decided to retire from marathoning but a half looks very doable.

Posted by Alaskadeb on 2016-01-14 09:07. 2 comments. 298 reads
 
Hi! I'm hoping someone out there has a similar story and can share their experience!!
I had a pacemaker installed abdominally two weeks ago. I live in anchorage, Alaska. I went home with instructions and cautions on chest implants (no help to me)
I've been able to piece my way through most of it....except- we are avid outdoor enthusiasts! I see information on 12" from ignition or spark plugs. Does anybody ride ATV's or motorcycles with a abdominal implant? I'm a petite female so I have a "low" center of gravity! Like I may be pushing the 12" thing. How concerning is this?
Thanks for whatever info you can share!

Posted by sweetie_ams on 2016-01-12 20:41. 4 comments. 475 reads
 
Hi all,

I'm a 30yo female who was implanted about 8 weeks ago- I have neurocardiogenic syncope with the PM put in place for Bradycardia.
Prior to my implantation I was a big fan of Crossfit- having started in September and I felt I finally had found the thing that I enjoyed after many souless years of treadmills and rowers! Since my PM however I have found it difficult to imagine ever being confident doing Crossfit and not worrying about pulling my leads out. I just can't at the moment see myself ever going back to doing pull-ups, snatches or lifting anything over my head without being terrified afterwards that I've pulled a lead out. The surgery was traumatic for me so I really don't want to put myself in the way of mo...


Posted by jagginxj6 on 2016-01-09 01:23. 4 comments. 362 reads
 
I'm in my mid-60's and just learned I have bradycardia. I'm undergoing additional tests but low heart rates run in my family. My expectation is that a pacemaker is in my near future. I'm new to this so I don't know what to expect. I'm an amateur race car driver. Will a pacemaker affect my ability to continue doing this? My race car has a five-point harness. Will a pacemaker affect my ability to be strapped in tightly? Has anyone dealt with this? Thank you.



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