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Posted by Pinecone on 2016-02-24 18:03. 5 comments. 511 reads
 
It's been about 1 1/2 weeks since my pacemaker implant. I would like to start some exercise: just walking. I guess I am afraid to allow my arms to swing naturally while walking for fear that I might dislodge something! I tried to walk on a treadmill with natural arm swinging (no vigorous arm swinging!), but after a short while, my pacemaker incision site began to hurt a bit. Did I start exercising too soon? Mind you, I only walked moderately (3 mph) for 1/2 mile! It looks like it's going to be a slow process. . .

Posted by Tkdbec on 2016-02-22 04:47. 5 comments. 359 reads
 
I recently became a blackbelt in taekwondo. I believe the first black belt with a pacemaker !!The instructor always reminds the students to not make contact with me or they will face lots of push up. So far nobody has gotten them. I am also in warfarin and yes , have been bruised by accident. Never the less I really enjoy it so I encourage those who want to take a martials to speak with the instructor and ask how they feel about having a student with a pacemaker in their class.

Posted by pwh51 on 2016-02-17 03:11. 0 comments. 327 reads
 
I was wondering if a Shark Shield would have any effect in my Medtronic pace maker defibulator when hookah diving. the battery is18vdc andIt emits 150A pulses each 0.6 seconds.
Cheers. Pete.


Posted by oldearthworm on 2016-02-15 20:25. 4 comments. 393 reads
 
This "panting" I am doing after 60 seconds, 50 RPM, on the Giant exercise bike . After a total of 180 seconds or so , I finally stop, having burned all of 18 calories .. I hit 19 calories , once, last week...
The PM was implanted last July (St Jude 2 wire) .
Age ? 76
Weight ? 158
BP ? 164 / 44/ 68 .. .. 10-15 minutes after the exercise . . and my hands are still cold, even if its 71 degrees F here in the drafty old media room .

Posted by BillH on 2016-02-15 04:02. 1 comments. 470 reads
 
For those interested in how well they work or don't work here are 2 recent articles.

http://xgl-coffee.org/%E2%80%8Boptical-heart-rate-tech-accuracy-the-experts-speak/

"Wareable verdict

So what have we learned from talking to the experts of heart rate tech? Well firstly, if you’re serious about your sport and data today, then steer clear of the wrist monitor. It’s a great way for entry level runners and fitness fans to take control of their plans, but for those using the data to train, it’s not up to task.

And while runners may one day be able to use optical tech for training sessions, when lag times and algorithms improve, for gym bunnies and HIIT fans, it looks unlikely that the wrist wil...


Posted by catthree on 2016-02-14 14:39. 6 comments. 421 reads
 
New member with a question about factors impacting Recovery Heart Rate (how fast HR returns to resting level after exercise).

Background: 68 yr old male, >50 years competitive distance running and bicycle racing, Medtronic Protector XT DR installed after V-tach episodes beginning 2012. V-tach ablated Aug 2015, started using bicycle indoors on CycleOps trainer about 1 month ago after 1 1/2 years of no biking at all, only walking.

From other posts, understand that Medtronic doesn't detect cycling exercise well, and I am still on beta blockers. Noticed recently, when I watched my HR recovery, that after 45 minutes "hard" workout (altho' avg HR only ~110) that while HR dropped to 75 bpm quickly, it took another 30-40minut...


Posted by andronicus on 2016-02-11 12:13. 5 comments. 473 reads
 
I had an ICD fitted at the back end of November 2015. Prior to this after a couple of collapses, for which there was no diagnosis, I was referred to the cardio rehab gym. I completed this course and my focus was to get back to kayaking, I kayak for pleasure both sea and fresh water, no competition.
After my implant I was referred back to the gym and now the physio tells me I can no longer kayak at all. Just wondering if anyone else kayaks and whether they have been told the same thing. I am feeling really low as kayaking is a bit of a passion as I live on the coast. Also can anyone explain why I can't kayak. Would be grateful for any feedback.

Posted by Saugrenue on 2016-02-08 17:28. 2 comments. 422 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. 523 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. 443 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. 540 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. 473 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. 460 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. 534 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. 354 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. 375 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. 623 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. 274 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. 352 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. 390 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...




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