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Posted by mg on 2015-02-01 11:27. 0 comments. 122 reads
 
Hi,
A few of you will have noticed I`ve been trying to cure my resting `funny feelings`. Needles to say I`m very happy with my exercise program and now after 12months of trying different settings I feel pretty fit .
One thing has come to light after the consultant suggested dropping me HR from 70 to 60 .
Basically when flat out my HR is about 135 (I take 1.25mg of beta blocker which I`m told has an effect of lowing my HR by about 10) so no problem there.
Previously at 70 following a 30min brisk walk my HR would be about 70/73 . Now with it set at 60 doing the same walk in the same time my HR is about 63/65.
I find now when relaxed I feel a bit `Dull` but on the positive side I seem to sleep better.
I would h...


Posted by dmedcalf on 2015-01-27 19:40. 8 comments. 323 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker only a month today. I am having a hsrd time accepting it. I have done CrossFit for 3 years and feel like it and everything I have worked for (my strength)has been taking away from me. Does anyone know if it will get better and ifvthere are any other crossfiters that have pacemakers are able to go back to what they were before the pacemaker?

Posted by bobv on 2015-01-26 08:42. 2 comments. 167 reads
 
I am a 54 year old male who, on 12/16/14, got a Metronic pacemaker implanted at the Cleveland Clinic. Today, I go for my first interrogation. I have ordered a shirt that has a protective device that is supposed to protect my pacemaker. The docs at the CC have told me after 6 weeks, no problem with playing basketball. I have been biking and next week, I start swimming again and then I move to basketball. Any help/comments would be welcome. Thank you.

Posted by coach6 on 2015-01-24 20:33. 16 comments. 332 reads
 
Hi everyone I am new to this club, but I am glad I found it. I am 51 years old and very active with running, martial arts and weight training. 20 years ago I had a right coronary arterial wall tear which caused me to have a heart attack. this left me with a left bundle branch block. Even with this I continued to compete in elite level sports, However recently I have developed a heart block that seems to occur when I get to 85-90% of my max HR so my cardiologist suggested a pacemaker. I am getting this in one week so I am wondering about the settings, as I have no problem unless I am exercising at a high level, but want to continue to do so. My resting HR is 56-58...any suggestions for me?

Thanks

Coach6

Posted by PaulD on 2015-01-24 16:38. 4 comments. 213 reads
 
I am thinking of getting a recumbent excercise bike with magnetic resistance. Should I be concerned with it affecting my pacemaker? I tested it using a compass and there was no needle deflection at all.

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2015-01-24 15:01. 3 comments. 159 reads
 
I do not understand ...I have been doing hand weights for about 2 years or more ...no biscep definition ! Why ? Is it the weight amount ?

Posted by JoshM on 2015-01-24 13:50. 12 comments. 389 reads
 
Hello Everyone,

First of all I'm glad I found this site. Many people here give honest and positive information. In particular I have enjoyed reading responses from TracyE and the knotguy. I'm sure there are other great people here too, I'm just getting started. I just had a single lead pacemaker implanted 1-20-15. I am 37 years old and I felt great until 6 weeks ago when I fainted. I have always had a low heartrate, but after many tests my EP recommended I get a pacemaker. The past 6 weeks have been very scary, surreal, etc.

Questions:
1. Does anyone with a pacemaker here shoulder press and bench press? I used to bench press 275lbs for reps and shoulder press over 205lbs for reps. I want to get back to...


Posted by Jenniferlee48 on 2015-01-23 11:34. 6 comments. 256 reads
 
I am a mother of a 15 year old girl who was just diagnosed with Third Degree Heart Block in May and had her pacemaker implanted on July 2. They had to go back the next day because one of the leads had dislodged. Anyway she is a Track & Field sprinter at her High School and is happy to be back running again. This past week however the coaches have asked her to also compete in Long Jumping because she was in the top 3 girls at her school on her distance jump. My question and concern is if this is a safe thing for her to be doing. I realized that it doesn't count as a contact sport but is the repeated hard landing safe? I am worried that this may once again cause a lead to dislodge. Anyone have any experience and or advice here?

Th...


Posted by scotia on 2015-01-21 13:41. 9 comments. 205 reads
 
Hi guys

It has been awhile since my last post. I have myself booked to do Mudderella in July. It is a 6 mile obstacle course. Has anyone here ever attempeted one of these? How did it go? My concern is mostly doing the pulling with ropes over walls. And the army crawl under barb wire. I think it should be ok but just wondered if anyone else has tried.

Thanks
Laura

Posted by mg on 2015-01-20 11:28. 3 comments. 175 reads
 
Hi all ,
I was just wondering while the PM techs are trying to fine tune my setting am I chasing something that is drug related and not really a PM problem. Could my odd feelings be brought on by medication as I`m sure we are all on some sort of drug because of the PM or heart related problems ?
I`m particularly interested in peoples reaction to Furosemide?
I`ve been active in sports all my life(now 67) and wonder why I`m prescribed this duretic when now fairly healthy and active and not over weight.
Cheers mg

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2015-01-19 20:20. 5 comments. 309 reads
 
I have a pilates machine and they added a pull up bar you can add. I would be lying down on the pilates machine and pulling up with my arms. The impact is only power cords for resistance. Does anyone use pull up bars ?

Posted by ballerine.nm on 2015-01-18 16:54. 4 comments. 205 reads
 
Hello all :-)
So I do ballet, and I'm in a semi-vocational school. I do at least I dance class a day, and I'm wondering if, in exams, I should have a special note or something saying I have a PM. My friends sometimes get worried cause my stamina isn't like theirs, but I don't know if I like the idea of having special consideration notes on my exams... Any thoughts??
Just a bit worried...
<3 Niamh xx

Posted by Cuberix on 2015-01-18 15:54. 12 comments. 308 reads
 
Hi, does anyone know of a heart rate monitor that will work with a pacemaker. Having no luck with my Garmin Forerunner??

Posted by PAMMY on 2015-01-16 17:33. 10 comments. 360 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. 175 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. 166 reads
 
can i do weights,my heart nurse says no.

Posted by CBusRunner on 2015-01-11 14:41. 2 comments. 401 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. 304 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. 187 reads
 
Hey there anyone around?

Posted by rolson on 2015-01-06 20:44. 8 comments. 562 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.



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