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Posted by belljn on 2014-06-09 21:27. 3 comments. 168 reads
 
I've been riding a riding bike on a regular basis for the last 10 years. 40K rides 5 days a week. Four years ago my heart slowed down to the point where I passed out so a PM was installed. I was back to riding within a few months with no problems. Lately I've noticed that when I'm walking, which I do on rainy days, I get dizzy mostly at the beginning of the walk. This never happens when I ride. I also get dizzy when I stand up and usually bend over a bit until it passes. I have a St. Jude PM.
Is this common as we get on with age? I'm 71.

Posted by len613 on 2014-06-09 16:58. 4 comments. 160 reads
 
I have a pm 2 years now and continue resistance training and running. Yesterday ran a hilly 5 K in 42:32 and placed 103 of 203. I was the second oldest guy. Two years ago did it in 37 minutes but, since them my Metoprolol was increased and that slows the heart rate.

The bad news is that, as I have continued exercising, I have developed more symptoms. First AFib and now ventricular tachycardia. My electrophysiologist says that, since I am symptom-free during exercise, he considers me a low-risk patient.

But I am going for a consultation because I wonder if I am overdoing it and hurting myself.

Len

Posted by Mactac on 2014-06-09 16:24. 6 comments. 184 reads
 
I was told not to do any lifting above about 5 k or 10 lbs also not to lift my left arm above shoulder level. Does anyone know how long this should be kept to or do I have a good excuse? :-)

Posted by golden_snitch on 2014-06-08 05:19. 17 comments. 302 reads
 
Hey there!

Since I have the feeling that there have been more questions on the CLS sensor (rate response) lately, I wanted to share my experiences of the first couple of months with this sensor with you. At this point, I should say that I do not have the rate response switched on as a backup, I need it for every move I make as I'm 100% paced in the atria and ventricles. My sinus node has been modified by catheter ablation several times, and I have had an AV-node ablation to induce a complete heart block, too. So, here we go:

It's now been 11 weeks since my last pacemaker surgery, and today I passed the 5k mark when running. I needed 35 minutes. Yay! Started interval training running/walking four weeks after the surge...


Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-06-07 16:48. 7 comments. 206 reads
 
I am looking for a protein powder with low cholesterol because my cholesterol is sky high. My HDL and LDL are both off the charts, per the doctor. I like favor in my smoothies beside the fruit. Any suggestions ??

Posted by NMsnow on 2014-06-07 12:12. 4 comments. 200 reads
 
Good day everyone. This is my first post, joining just moments ago. I hope you are all doing well.
I had a Biotronic Evia SR- T put in on Feb 3. My symptoms were a resting hr of 40 and unable to get above 110 while exercising. An EKG showed a bad 'P-wave', so I had the 1-lead pm put in the same day.
My problem involves an erratic response to exercise (jogging); I.e. sometimes my hr stops climbing at 110-120; same course another day, hr goes to 180. Hr sometimes decreases when I exert more, and sometimes it increases when I slow to a walk. My breathing varies with hr, I.e. really puffing when running and hr stays low, and very comfortable when hr increases like I think it should.
I had a consult and adjustment last week, but...


Posted by NMsnow on 2014-06-07 12:12. 3 comments. 108 reads
 
Good day everyone. This is my first post, joining just moments ago. I hope you are all doing well.
I had a Biotronic Evia SR- T put in on Feb 3. My symptoms were a resting hr of 40 and unable to get above 110 while exercising. An EKG showed a bad 'P-wave', so I had the 1-lead pm put in the same day.
My problem involves an erratic response to exercise (jogging); I.e. sometimes my hr stops climbing at 110-120; same course another day, hr goes to 180. Hr sometimes decreases when I exert more, and sometimes it increases when I slow to a walk. My breathing varies with hr, I.e. really puffing when running and hr stays low, and very comfortable when hr increases like I think it should.
I had a consult and adjustment last week, but...


Posted by brenthopkins on 2014-06-05 12:29. 9 comments. 289 reads
 
recent pm (2 wks) very active,endurance athlete. 62 yo who is trying to intelligently get into a routine of physical activity(running for now) I realize swimming is out for a few more weeks. I have the rate response activated and am trying to hit that sweet spot with feeling good with run/walk on daily basis. Am i being too quick to get back to actvity? brent

Posted by tigerlily on 2014-06-04 19:50. 5 comments. 171 reads
 
One year after my pm implant, I'm still experiencing shortness of breath and sometimes pain in the middle of my chest with exercise - just walking for exercise or climbing stairs.
I've had my pm checked many times - more than is usual and they keep telling me it is fine. I have to go 400 miles round trip to see the dr., so I can't see anyone whenever this occurs, so I mostly just don't exercise. I have recently had other tests to be sure there are no other problems.
Any wisdom out there for me?
I've heard of having the heart rate raised to help with exercise, but don't know how that would help, since the pm only sets the lowest rate.

Posted by xplosion on 2014-06-04 12:14. 7 comments. 279 reads
 
the cardiologist treating my afib forbid chocolate completely. I occasionally still have some in slight amounts like dipped ice cream cones, but I know if I went full bore into a bag of peanut clusters I would end up with a least panic attacks and or another afib attack. Unlike most people who can barely feel their heartbeat, I could feel every afib beat almost like a pound in the chest, especially adversely affecting my sleep. I've had two afib attacks, one was converted back drug IV and the other I was electroshocked with the planks. Haven't converted to afib since I began taking a larger dose of Sotalol, but with my already congenitally low heart rate as low as 35 the cardiologist is thinking I will eventually become lightheaded and ot...


Posted by datianak on 2014-06-03 14:01. 3 comments. 157 reads
 
Wondering about using an inversion table also for my bulging disc and sciatic nerve. Does anyone know if it is ok? I have a defibrillator.

Posted by eastcoastcanuck on 2014-06-02 02:01. 6 comments. 211 reads
 
Any fellow runners, athletes out there?

Posted by PAMMY on 2014-05-31 16:49. 5 comments. 217 reads
 
Hi all

I have done 2 races in the last 10 days - a 5k last week and a 5 miler last night. In the 5k I was 2nd in my age group (don't tell anyone that there were only 3 of us in the category!) and won a fiver - whoopydo!). Don't know what position I was last night as they haven't printed the results yet but was pleased with my time - 42.55 ( just over 8 an half minute miling) so getting back nearly to what my times were pre PM. Just want to thank everyone again for your support and encouragement which helped me come to my decision to have the pacemaker (you know who you are).
Tracey - I hope you continue doing some running races - I'm sure you'll eventually get the bug!.

Posted by I❤spencer on 2014-05-31 15:50. 3 comments. 220 reads
 
My son just had a pacemaker put in two months ago. He is five years old and VERY active. I'm trying to figure out some sort of padding/protection to help with when he gets bumped. Does anyone have a favorite such as undershirts with padding or a pad he can strap on underneath his shirt? He's getting to start t-ball, and though it's pretty low key, I would feel better if there was something to help cover. :)

Posted by C_Martin on 2014-05-30 14:00. 10 comments. 322 reads
 
Hello! My name is Cayla Martin. I am 22 years old and have had my pacemaker for about 8 months now. I just started a fitness blog about what it's like exercising with a device. I will be posting simple workouts, awesome meals, and much more. Please go check it out! http://caylamartinfitness.blog.com/

Posted by GratefulGirl on 2014-05-27 18:42. 1 comments. 141 reads
 
So its been 9 months since my ICD was implanted. No need to share my story, as I have done that in the past. Update is I am doing Yoga 4-5 times a week, back to riding my bike to the gym 3-4 times a week as well. I wear a heart monitor when riding and keep a close eye on my rate. The emotional experience was intense and I had several EMDR sessions to deal with the PTSD. I will be able to drive in another 30 days from today!!! That being said- I noticed a bit of a tingle during yoga the other day near my collar bone and defib. I am not worried, just simply curious if others have had this?

Posted by natlat on 2014-05-27 17:19. 2 comments. 132 reads
 
Hi everyone, so what I thought was probable Arrythmogenic Right Ventricle Dysplasia (ARVD), after a ton of invasive tests and an MRI which showed I did not meet Task Force Criteria for the disease, after a second opinion by a specialist in ARVD who reviewed all of my records and even my MRI disc, he said it was likely hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HC) or sarcoidosis but not ARVD!! Thank God I got a second opinion!! Just got that today and sent it to my EP.

Anyways, avid runner, cyclist, female and 39. Recovering from ICD implant, been walking 4-5 miles a day until healed in a few more weeks. Also on sotalol, and I feel like a million bucks!! No side effects!!

Does anyone else have HC? or Sarcoidosis? if so, what are y...


Posted by cuhead on 2014-05-26 13:23. 2 comments. 202 reads
 
Hi all - it's been 18mo since my dual chamber PM implant. I'm a 37yo male in Texas. I've since had a cardiac ablation for a high-side arrhythmia (270bpm during strenuous workouts).

Through all of it I've been swimming 3x/week for about an hour each session.

I just participated in a 2 kilometer swim race on our downtown lake and placed in the middle overall and middle for my age group.

I also played 2hrs continuous pick-up basketball this week.

In addition to all of this I bike about 1 mile each way with my kids to their school in the mornings.

I had no idea I'd be able to do all of these things, and frankly I think I'm in much better overall physical health since before I got the PM....


Posted by JBM on 2014-05-22 16:10. 2 comments. 161 reads
 
I just finished about 45 minutes on treadmill at a fairly brisk pace of 3.5 mph and elevated incline of 4% - I feel great and no AF flutters to speak of -- the AF flutters seem to be mainly at night when I am at rest. Does anyone else have that experience ? Thanks --

Posted by brenthopkins on 2014-05-22 15:02. 1 comments. 125 reads
 
hola...i'm 62 with recent pm (3 days ago) very active normally and having much difficulty with less activity. cardio. put me in ipsilateral shoulder harness x 1 wk. i'm not buying it. need to exercise implant side to some degree, already shoulder is stiff and painful. i know need to keep arm<180 & no abduction. anyone out there come up with some exercises besides standard impingement exercises?



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