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Posted by PAMMY on 2015-01-16 17:33. 10 comments. 340 reads
 
Ever get injuries? I'm specifically referring to Ian MC, Tat Man and Tracey E - you don't ever post anything to say that you can't run due to bad knees, achilles problems etc. I have been suffering with a calf problem for months now - I keep resting it but then start slowly increasing my distance but then it goes again and I am back to square one! If you remember I had the pacemaker to enable be to run - but now I need a new calf!! So frustrating.

Talking of pacemakers, I went for my annual check last week and was told that I had an 'episode' last week - where I had an a-fib which lasted 4-5 hours when I was asleep. I was told it was nothing to worry about as it was a one-off - but when I got home and looked it up om the i...


Posted by melthompson on 2015-01-16 14:41. 1 comments. 154 reads
 
I had a bi ventricular ICD implanted in March 2014. I have been a competitive shooter in the past and was preparing to shoot again. I am left handed shooter, because I always have had a bad right eye. Now, with implant I am told not to shoot on right Has anyone continued to shoot on left side. Hoping to hear from you

Posted by shucker on 2015-01-15 18:50. 5 comments. 152 reads
 
can i do weights,my heart nurse says no.

Posted by CBusRunner on 2015-01-11 14:41. 2 comments. 378 reads
 
I am writing this on behalf of my fiancé. He had a demand CRT-D device implanted on August 4, 2014. 50 years old, 3 time Ironman triathlete, 154 marathons completed. Diagnosed with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy in 2011.

He felt terrific the first 3 weeks after the device was implanted and then slowly started to detoriate. Shortness of breath, difficulty exercising on some days, and now a fluid build up (essentially congestive heart failure) that was not present prior to the device's implantation. He is able to cycle at an easy pace for about an hour at a time, though with some shortness of breath, but has not been able to run at all as he cannot get his breath under control.

So far, he hasn't gotten any answers from h...


Posted by migsbon on 2015-01-10 11:23. 5 comments. 266 reads
 
Hello, I am a mom of a seven year old with a pacemaker. He had his pacemaker put in when he was a year and a half. We were told that since he is getting older and the sports he plays will be getting somewhat more rough he should stick to golf and tennis. This is pretty upsetting to my guy. We are definitely following the Dr.' s orders. But I was just curious of any other experiences anyone has had. Thank you so much

Bonnie (Max's Mom)

Posted by eastcoastcanuck on 2015-01-08 20:54. 3 comments. 174 reads
 
Hey there anyone around?

Posted by rolson on 2015-01-06 20:44. 8 comments. 536 reads
 
Hello everyone, I just had a two month checkup after pacemaker implant. They finally got my meds right and my settings are good but when I asked if I could lift weights I was told not over 35lbs. My husband asked how long this weight restriction would be in effect she said forever. I can never lift over 35 lbs. Does this sound right? She said that I might pull out leads with heavier lifting.

Posted by mg on 2015-01-06 09:08. 3 comments. 279 reads
 
Hi Again,
I`m still having these funny feeling when not really doing much. I`m fine when active and quite happy with my exercise program.
This has been on going since repairs to broken wire 11 months ago. Nobody seems to find anything wrong and I`ve had several settings on the Pm . I have noticed recently when checking my BP and HR when relaxed the HR some times reads lower than the base PM setting of 70 . If taking my pulse I have missed beats . How does the PM read these? This has only started in the last few weeks. Should the Pm smooth this out?
Thanks mg

Posted by shoe933 on 2015-01-05 23:51. 7 comments. 451 reads
 
I've read it is important to have some type of chest (pacemaker) protector if you cycle. Anyone use such? I found one designed for pacemakers but it had huge shoulder pads too. Any comments?
Thanks


Posted by JaneJ on 2015-01-01 23:08. 6 comments. 410 reads
 
Hi,
I am a 38 year old with a dual chamber pacemaker. I had it recently put in back in September and then had an ablation for junctional tachycardia. They were able to fix the junctional tachycardia with the ablation. I am very active and work out a lot. I ran on the treadmill this morning and ended up blacking out about 20 minutes into my run and got some nasty abrasions, luckily nothing worse. I've noticed that my heart goes into this fluttery, rapid feeling and then I lose my energy to continue. My muscles get weak and I have nothing left. I had a exercise stress test last month and all was good with the electrical signals. Initially I only had a single chamber atrial pacemaker, but had an upgrade a few months ago, due to ...


Posted by dlruddick on 2014-12-30 20:31. 9 comments. 347 reads
 
I took my first cycle class yesterday (3.5 weeks out).
I have worked out for the last couple weeks with elliptical, steppers etc and have felt to PM "kick in' and then sustain my heart rate@120 to 140.

I took a cycle class , took it fairly easy. Kept my heart rate under 140 ( I am 54 year old female). Then the HRM went to zero then stayed @ 70 for several minutes. I did back way off and just waited to see if the PM would take over. I feel like it did not. I hovered around 80 the slowly went back up to 120. Out of fear and frustration I cooled down and left the class.
( I use to teach this class!)

Today I just felt off. Lightheaded, fuzzy. I have an apt tomorrow to have the PM read and check leads....


Posted by mg on 2014-12-29 10:16. 3 comments. 176 reads
 
Hi all ,
Still having trouble with my `low speed relaxed` mode. All seems fine when active and very pleased.
My immediate get up and go is really good but get these `funny feelings` when not really doing much. I also seem to be affected sometimes by small movements but not affected if riding my motorbike.
What is the difference between `Rate response`and `sensitivity` and can they be programmed separately?
I have a Boston Energen set DDIR 70.
Thanks

Posted by K-Solberg on 2014-12-28 11:02. 7 comments. 384 reads
 
Hi!
First of all, I'm very glad to have found a place where people with PM/ICD share there experience!

I've had PM all my life, but a couple a years ago, my doctors told me to stop playing Handball because of possible collision, and now I was told to stop doing push-ups and bench pressing because of possible lead fail or twisting.

Some in the forum say to start slowly, but wether you start slowly or not couldn't it affect the leads? - I know the leads might be placed differently, but I feel like I'm taking riscs everytime i do anything close to benching, or anything that feels different around my pecs/PM/leads.
I'm just confused - because training is really important to me, and benching and getting nice ...


Posted by Woodworker on 2014-12-28 09:43. 2 comments. 484 reads
 
Anybody have a Fitbit HR or similar wrist device? Does it function OK with a PM or visa versa??

Posted by corazon on 2014-12-27 09:55. 3 comments. 274 reads
 
I would like to use a foot massager but I have read conflicting opinions on whether or not using a foot massager can affect your pacemaker... Any thoughts on this?

Posted by JohnM on 2014-12-26 08:38. 9 comments. 406 reads
 
How long after the pacemaker implant is it safe to play golf?

Posted by funone on 2014-12-24 17:02. 2 comments. 148 reads
 
Came to terms with open heart surgery 2007 and a icd 9
in 2009 now the battery is getting low, but the gym is part of my life and if it goes off or dies on me while at the gym so be it ... at
least I know it was done while enjoying my time in the gym. After all gave up smoking 30 yrs a go for the habit of the gym. Woooo
6 days a week working out as well 60 to 90 mins of cardio work out.
Not bad for a dude in his 60's

Posted by ADC on 2014-12-23 20:44. 2 comments. 192 reads
 
I just got myself an UP24 activity tracker (like a Fitbit) and wondering if there are any issues for that with my pacer?

AC

Posted by btward on 2014-12-21 12:00. 5 comments. 238 reads
 
I just got (12/17) my pacemaker. I've read comments from other pacemaker folks about golf and exercise activities. I'm an avid golfer (handicaps not great but I love the game) and really want to get back to the game soon. As well as the health club for weigh activities etc. Looks like golf will have to wait about 6 weeks or so. But, I'm not sure about bench presses and other weight lifting activities. I see a nurse next week to have the wound looked at. Then see the Dr. after the first of the year. Any suggestions from other pacemaker folks would be much appreciated!

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-12-18 21:35. 5 comments. 260 reads
 
I got a new treadmill and some programs required a chest strap heart monitor. Does any use this with their pacemaker ? The programs are used to target your heart rate.



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