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Posted by shucker on 2015-01-15 18:50. 5 comments. 167 reads
 
can i do weights,my heart nurse says no.

Posted by CBusRunner on 2015-01-11 14:41. 2 comments. 404 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. 306 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. 189 reads
 
Hey there anyone around?

Posted by rolson on 2015-01-06 20:44. 8 comments. 572 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. 314 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. 485 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. 440 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. 384 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. 193 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. 413 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. 542 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. 304 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. 467 reads
 
How long after the pacemaker implant is it safe to play golf?

Posted by funone on 2014-12-24 17:02. 2 comments. 162 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. 205 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. 253 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. 275 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.

Posted by fonikipatata on 2014-12-17 11:08. 3 comments. 323 reads
 
Hey guys i put pacemaker like 1 year ago and i go the gym 4-5 time in a week and i lift weights can you tell me please if its good to do that.. really i do that 2months and i dont fell anything in place near the pacemaker can you tell me your opinion for that!! (by the way im 18 years old) and sorry for my bad english! :)

Posted by tuckanow87 on 2014-12-17 07:43. 5 comments. 389 reads
 
I'm a very active person who works out 5 days a week and jogs. I was at the gym last week when I felt dizzy and fainted. I had a seizure and went into cardiac arrest luckily someone at the gym knew cpr and there was a defibrillator nearby. Drs have no idea what caused my heart to go into that lethal rhythm. They put in an icd yesterday and I'm in pain today. I've Made my depression worse by reading posts of ppl who said after the 6 weeks was up they couldn't go back to the gym. I know I should be thankful to be alive but I love working out. Drs assure me that I can resume normal activities after 6 Weeks, but now I'm not so sure



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