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Posted by imitchener on 2014-02-25 21:04. 2 comments. 186 reads
 
I very recently had a Midtronics PM implanted and had questions about using the Polar chest strap bluetooth HR monitor which I use while working out. I like this particular HR monitor because it ties in with my iPhone 5S and fitness app (MapMyFitness) as well as the fitness equipment which I use at my local YMCA.

The first few times I used the strap after getting my PM i noticed several very high spikes (over 170BPM) which I knew had to be a error in the readings.

After a little research I realized it was my Polar strap "double counting" some of my heart beats.

Today when I went to the gym I moved where I usually place my strap. Instead of wearing the sensor where I normally did (centre just below my ribs...


Posted by bionicman on 2014-02-25 05:41. 2 comments. 117 reads
 
Hi All
Had a three way pacemaker inserted in January and a diseased AV node terminated last week. The pacemaker is set at a constant 80bpm at the moment but this will be regulated down eventually. What effect will this have on my walking?

Posted by comics258 on 2014-02-25 01:04. 7 comments. 271 reads
 
Hi, had initial PM inserted Oct 13 due to sudden 3rd degree heart block. Had a Biotronik Evia inserted which was recommended as a good fit as I cycle a couple of times a week.

At first PM check they found that one of the leads hadn't attached so I had to go back in in December and have it reattached. So now I am all up and running so to speak. Have had my settings tweaked twice to help with the cycling and am now up to around 170 max hr. My concern is this isn't the toughest of hills that I used to do yet. Is it harmful for them to keep tweaking the settings upwards?

I am not on any meds but am I better to get them to keep tweaking it up so it doesn't drop in half whenever I go over the settings, or should I ...


Posted by ChefG on 2014-02-21 18:36. 2 comments. 209 reads
 
Before I had to have the pm I was on a great health path. I had lost over 20lbs and 2" off my waist. I put on weight fast during my recovery and it has been tough to get it back off. I run 2-3 times a week 3-4 miles and do aerobic the other days to save the joints from too much torture.
Here's the weird part. My issue was a very low HR (27 sleeping) and it got up nicely when I exercised. I feel like even though it doesn't drop below 60 now I can't seem to get it over 140 working out. I'd like to drop 20 lbs, but I feel like my metabolism is fighting me.
I studied nutrition in college, I'm a chef, I was vegetarian for over a decade (not going to go back) so I know how to eat. I work out and I'll admit I like a few drinks when ap...


Posted by hilloquis on 2014-02-20 12:41. 7 comments. 206 reads
 
Hi all,

I know most of you are based over in the US, but do any pacemaker people out there play cricket?? If so, any recommendations on padding for the pacemaker? I'm struggling to find any suitable products... that might be telling me something!

Thanks,

Rob

Posted by Vmurph on 2014-02-18 14:09. 5 comments. 168 reads
 
I fired my body a while back. It doesn't like to cooperate and the more I force it, the more it fights back. Stubborn. Wonder where it learned that.

I've been working on shedding baby weight by eating clean and being as active as my body will allow. (it isn't much) A friend of mine is doing the same and we have been each others cheerleaders. I saw on her facebook this morning she is walking the American Heart Association mini 5k next month. She doesn't have heart disease and I thought it was awesome. Well she sends me a message about an hour later and lets me know, *I* am the reason she is participating in the walk.

How cool is that? she's 15 years my senior and I may not be able to do it with her, but I am going to...


Posted by jfasoneholder on 2014-02-18 12:18. 10 comments. 279 reads
 
I have a RR pacemaker by medtronic. I'm not on amy other meds. I had a very low heart rate ( 35-40) and symptoms- shortness of breath- before implantation. My issue is only my sinus node.
I'm thinking that maybe my lower limit needs to be adjusted up. I'm set at 55bpm now and wonder if I'm getting enough "juice" at this rate. Had it adjusted for the first time last week. They moved the upper limit from 130 to 150 which seems to work better as I was regularly hitting 130. Adjusted the time it takes to recover from 5 minutes to 2.5. I'm still hitting 150 when I run and don't feel like I'm at max so am thinking of having them move up again to around 160 ( I'm 61 but very active) .Make sense?
My main issue is at the lower end of r...


Posted by flatrock on 2014-02-17 12:01. 3 comments. 112 reads
 
Thanks very much for the comments. Very helpful.

Regarding stress on the leads, I was told that walking was more than ok. Intuitively, it doesn't seem that normal walking pulls upward, and could interfere with the leads accomplishing a secure attachment. I have been very mindful of that. Point is: there are also risks to not walking: weight gain, de-conditioning, loss of flexibility. At 71 it isn't easy to get theses things back. Plus, the walking serves your mental health as well. But I agree: don't be stupid. Be mindful.

Thanks again for taking the time. and being fully inactive for six weeks.

Posted by SoTexMarggie on 2014-02-17 03:58. 9 comments. 217 reads
 
Will be getting pacemaker this week. Have Tennessee walking horse, anxious to know when I will be able to ride.

Posted by flatrock on 2014-02-16 17:02. 9 comments. 220 reads
 
Hi folks. I am five days into a Medtronic, two wire pacemaker. Feeling great. Behaving myself. on third day I walked for 11 minutes; next day, 20 minutes; third day, 35 minutes. Brisk walking...no more than that. Feedback from doc and others at hospital was that walking is OK, perhaps encouraged. My lovely wife is not an exercise maven. I am. So, naturally, she is concerned.

Question: is there anyone who thinks that vigorous walking, 4 miles an hour pace, is anything but beneficial.

Thanks in advance for even a one word response.

Jack

Posted by lucienp84 on 2014-02-15 03:11. 7 comments. 296 reads
 
I am 82 years old and I have had a 3 wire pacemaker implanted several months ago because of a very slow heart rhythm coupled with several rhythm irregularities, including 27% PVCs. I have also been put on a beta blocker, the result of which is that I am now 100% paced. My normal life style has been climbing a 650 foot (15% incline) hill almost daily (from office to home) and cross country skiing 3 days a week during the ski season.

My electrophysiologist did not have a clue how to adjust my pacemaker for these activities and I had to do a small study to figure out appropriate settings. I think I have been reasonably successful in getting my pacemaker adjusted to meet my needs and am now back to my activities. Anybody inte...


Posted by guitarman on 2014-02-14 23:41. 5 comments. 179 reads
 
I'm a 49 y/o male with a my first ICD implanted on December 31,2013 due to a V Tach episode on Dec 23. I got the million dollar workup (EP study, echo, MRI, angio..) and the results all pointed to a healthy heart with a 65% EF with no physical abnormalities. I'm on Sotalol, Losartan and Carvedilol.

My E.Cardiologist released me back to work as a letter carrier this coming Monday. He says my only restrictions are full contact sports, marathons and boxing. My doctor must have a lot of faith in me and my ICD. I just wish I have the same confidence. I'm going to take it slow and monitor my progress.

Any advice?

Posted by PaulFromSydney2 on 2014-02-14 21:08. 4 comments. 141 reads
 
Any golfers amongst us? Any concerns?
How long did you wait before swinging a club?

Posted by ReadingFC on 2014-02-14 06:34. 5 comments. 279 reads
 
Hi Forum,

I had my PM on 30/12/2013 I am 45, and though it took me a bit of a while to get my head round it, I think I have got there now. I have started running / jogging.

Because I used to be quite muscular for years of gym, (I stopped a few years back), I have larger pectoral muscles.

When I run, i can feel my Pec's 'bouncing', which I think is normal anyway. Now I have the PM fitted, I am wondering what effect this will have on the leads. I have put my hand on the PM while running and though the muscle is moving / bouncing the PM seems to be quite still'ish.

Do I have to be careful when running, How can the PC be fairly still and the muscle be moving, I thought the PM was fixed to the pec m...


Posted by Paceman on 2014-02-13 19:04. 1 comments. 103 reads
 
I had my pacemaker installed a little over 1 month ago and I want to know if it's safe to ride on a Polaris RZR? My son-in-law is bringing his RZR to the house this weekend and he has invited me to go for a ride at one of the local tracks. My only concern is whether or not the probes are grown-in enough to withstand riding/driving one of these 4-wheel vehicles (aggressively) at-speed.

Posted by statuesque on 2014-02-13 17:19. 11 comments. 284 reads
 
I had my PM implanted on Dec 13th of last year and since having it put in all I do is sleep. I have had 2 angina attacks since and I don't have heart disease.n now I have to carry nitro spray!! I saw my electrophysiologist today and all he could say to me was the pacemaker is working fine and it is not the cause of my current problem. Before implantation I was walking 10,000 steps a day tracked by my FitBit activity monitor and walking up 10 flights of stairs daily. Now if I make it to 1000 steps I am lucky, and I walk up 2 flights of stairs and I am out of breath. My doctor does not think it is because of my pacemaker, but I have done nothing else since I had it implanted but sleep my life away. I went from totally active to totally inac...


Posted by Jeanbear on 2014-02-12 13:27. 4 comments. 322 reads
 
I recently started dating someone with a difib. How will having sex affect him? Is it safe. Can we have a normal sex life? He often complains that the difib hurts and has me apply pressure to it. Is this normal? I don't want to hurt him. I just don't know what to do.

Posted by Bart81 on 2014-02-11 19:40. 1 comments. 82 reads
 
I developed A V Block during an Aortic Valve replacement in 2003. Its being replaced with the Andvantio. Currently my pacer is slow to increase my heart rate need when biking. Eventually it catches up but normally I'm exhausted by than. Example climbing a hill, about the time I get to the top it is beginning to ramp up. Does anyone know iifAndvandio will more responsive. Had the Guidiant for 11 years and know I will have this one longer. I ride 20 to 60 miles three times a week and am 57 years old so I want to get the right one

Posted by Bryony on 2014-02-10 11:55. 12 comments. 258 reads
 
Hi,
I had my PM implanted last Monday evening and I have to say it was more painful than I thought it would be. Not so much where the PM is situated but deep centralised pain which is still there.I think it was because of the shape of my Rt ventricle there were some problems at implanting the lead.
My main issue is that I thought I would be feeling really happy and positive instead of which I am still very emotional and wanting to cry a lot.I feel really down.
Can I do pilates/yoga exercises for my lower part of the body or not at all till the 6 weeks are up? I go for a short walk everyday but wan to do some exercises to try and improve my mood..


Posted by J00ney on 2014-02-10 09:52. 7 comments. 142 reads
 
Ok, this question is directed towards the ladies on this forum site who participate in sports who have a pacemaker.
My pacemaker went in a couple of weeks ago and all is healing well. I want to return to running and after following my Cardiologists instructions waited 2 weeks. I went for my first run today which did not go well. As money is tight what do the ladies on this forum recommend sports bra or crop tops or am I stariting too early post op with my exercise regime?
Thanks for suggestions
J00ney



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