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Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2016-01-08 23:29. 3 comments. 284 reads
 
I have been exercising a lot lately...that's good. I am doing free weights but have a question. I am using a 10lb weight for bicep curls ..I would 3 sets of 10. I just bought 15lb weight and its very heavy, I carried it to my workout room. Should I have bought 12lbs to increase ? What does everyone increase by 2's ?

Posted by danilou02@gmail.com on 2016-01-07 01:50. 4 comments. 266 reads
 
Has anyone gone back to soccer after having an ICD fit? I ref and I love it but it requires a lot of arm movement! I had mine fit on 8/3/15 and after about 20 days in and out of the hospital (a lot of problems) I went back to reffing mid Oct. I find myself in a lot of pain still! I have seen my doc for all of 2 seconds when being admitted after a 12 game weekend. He said my pain was from all the cpr they did, however, my pain isn't there. It's all in my left side and armpit area! I'm not giving it up in only 32 I love it and it pays great! I feel to young to be having such problems!

Posted by Olly142 on 2016-01-06 19:30. 6 comments. 589 reads
 
Hi All

Am new to this and thought I would say hi and ask for some advice from people who know 😀

5 weeks ago I collapsed watching my son play football and after coming too was rushed to hospital where throughout the day I had another 4 'episodes' with my heart stopping - all a massive shock and to cut a long story short there was no real explanation as everything came back clear from the plethora of tests.

All very weird and because my heart had stopped for 14 seconds on one of the occasions I ended up becoming a member of the pacemaker club to save my life if it happens again! Yesterday I got the all clear from the neurology department at the hospital which I guess was good news as anything brain related...


Posted by bchgirl on 2016-01-03 17:46. 5 comments. 421 reads
 
Is it ok to wear one

Posted by stacymedina on 2016-01-02 03:02. 6 comments. 351 reads
 
So I got my 3rd ablation of 2015 on Dec. 5th and a pacemaker on Dec. 6th. For the record, I just love having SSS.
Anyways, it is 2016 and I need to get in shape after years of exercise intolerance. I am looking at yoga and wondering if anyone has an idea of how soon I could try some gentle yoga. Different doctors give me different ideas.
I have been cleared of restrictions on my left arm as of last weekend. So I can lift weight with that arm and raise it over my shoulder according to my Dr.'s note.

Posted by Shamrock on 2016-01-01 13:08. 2 comments. 228 reads
 
in response to Dancer

My wife and I dance all the time (Ballroom) I have had the pacemaker 7 years and no issues - my Doctor encouraged that activity.

check with your Doctor but I believe your be OK

Posted by Shamrock on 2016-01-01 12:58. 3 comments. 619 reads
 
I Have fallen victim of the condition known as "Lead Crush". I will be under the knife again Monday and getting a new lead installed.
The issue and question is How do I maintain upper body and what exercises MUST be avoided so not to go through this again.
all I get is general statements about "no upper body workout".
It's not that simple !
I have spoken to a Professional trainer and he said a great deal of upper body strength training would be ok but I get nothing but the general statements from the medical field.
Wanting to make a prudent decision. Example : curls have nothing to do with chest and the pacemaker area and the trainer so good to go but ????????? some medical folks say NO.

anyone have any...


Posted by Pfarkas on 2015-12-31 20:20. 0 comments. 212 reads
 
Dear pacemaker girls and guys, I wish you all the best in 2016. Pacer really changed my life, despite all the challenges I Am doing great. Wish you all the best and keep up doing what you love.

Posted by petertbexley on 2015-12-30 18:35. 2 comments. 317 reads
 
I have had a pacemaker for 7 days so very new to the experience. I had my stitches out today and am feeling very good, if a little tired. I am starting to wonder when it will be advisable to go back to gym. I don't do much except walk and break into a jog every now and then, anyway.

Posted by smita.chak on 2015-12-30 11:07. 4 comments. 299 reads
 
Hi, posting here for d first time. Got my pacemaker installed on 29th July of this year. I am a dancer and I have an office meet in January. There is an event on dance as well. My colleagues need a help in thr and I want to dance. Is it ok to dance???? People at home are not in favor but is it because of a machine I have to sacrifice my passion!!!!!

Smita

Posted by ac2526 on 2015-12-30 06:24. 3 comments. 510 reads
 
hi everyone:
Long time listener, first time caller. :)

I have a dual lead Medtronic PM implanted in mid-november 2015, to be followed by a revision surgery November 24 for lead perforating the ventricle wall and consequent pericardial effusion.

Doing great now, overall, but the other day, I tripped and fell HARD with outstretched hands onto a concrete floor the other day. It was a complete wipe-out. :}

My left collar bone (the PM side) is still pretty stiff as a result of the fall, but otherwise I feel fine. I'm thinking that the fact that I'm feeling ok is probably the best indication that the leads are intact, but does anyone know if falling hard can disrupt leads either in placement or by fractur...


Posted by Rosenini on 2015-12-29 02:26. 4 comments. 332 reads
 
Hi. I had my PM implanted last Dec 16, 2015. There is no pain in the incision area but there is tightness around it up to the armpit. I am already worrying that I might have a frozen shoulder. When can I exercise my arm to relieve me of this tight feeling? What is the best exercise or stretching for me. I am 61 y/o.

Posted by PhuBaiVet on 2015-12-28 20:22. 2 comments. 499 reads
 
Hello All,
I received a Fitbit Charge HR for Christmas and want to know if it will interfere with my Medtronic BiVentricular pacemaker?
Any help will be appreciated.

PhuBaiVet

Posted by Peyton on 2015-12-25 22:19. 0 comments. 259 reads
 
Hi guys and gals! My name is Peyton and I am a new recipient of a Medtronic pacemaker. Feeling better than I felt in years and am counting the days until I am green-lighted to run and surf again. Anyway, this is the best forum for anything pacemaker and just about the only place I've found for any info on sports, support, tech info, etc! If you are on Facebook then check out a page I made called The Wired Athlete. Feel free to post your stories, pics etc. I'm trying to get the word out that pacemaker recipients are not defined by circumstances and continue to lead active lifestyles inside and outside of the competitive arenas. Thanks!

https://www.facebook.com/The-Wired-Athlete-442398205968559/

Peyton

Posted by GeoffUK on 2015-12-22 10:50. 6 comments. 425 reads
 
Hi Everyone, Just joined the club, had my pm fitted 2 weeks ago 4th Dec 2015 . Not really feeling any benefit as yet , I suppose it takes time and a few return hospital visits for tweeking etc.
As a keen golfer i'm a bit concerned I wont be able to play to my previous standard. Would love to hear from other golfers and how it affects their game.


Posted by bseebert on 2015-12-21 17:52. 1 comments. 284 reads
 
My pacemaker seems to be different when i am on one elliptical vs another. An old one that has more "bumps" makes my pacemaker "kick in" and I feel better and can go longer on it. The new one or when i am walking, nothing helps and i am tired and have lots of shortness of breath. Anyone have this issue?

Posted by Smitten on 2015-12-20 23:34. 4 comments. 436 reads
 
Help, I recently went back to swimming laps after 30 years. My favorite strokes are free style and butterfly. I just found out that those strokes could tug on my leads on my pm. I am so upset and wanted to hear what other serious swimmers do. I have a very stressful job originating mortgages and my drug
of choice is excercise. Swimming has always been a love of mine and I fell back in love with swimming laps. Advise?????

Posted by Sunny70 on 2015-12-19 17:59. 1 comments. 306 reads
 
Can you fly in a wind tunnel with pacemaker? Need quick answer. Have a ticket for later today.

Posted by jfasoneholder on 2015-12-13 02:10. 3 comments. 529 reads
 
I am trying to determine if rate response optimization should be on or off for my pacemaker. I have an Advisa DR MRI Sure scan pacemaker model A2DR01 which was installed in January 2014. I am a 62 year old woman who is very healthy and exercise regularly but had bradycardia and my HR was as low as 27 and regularly in the 30's before my pacemaker was put in. My current range is 55-165 and ADL is 115. I am paced virtually 100% of the time. We have continued to move both the slope of the lines and my ADL and max rate up to accommodate my physical activity because I am in good health and I needed more from my pacemaker when I was exercising. I am noticing now that my HR does not get as high as it did when it was first put in and was told about...


Posted by Naveen on 2015-12-12 10:36. 4 comments. 404 reads
 
Hi,

On the 02nd of December 2015 I had my PPM box changed. The first box lasted me approximately 7 years.

I have since fully recovered with no discomfort / pain or any other symptoms which may be of concern.

Can I now go back to my usual exercise routine of lifting weights? I have been lifting weights from a very young age and stopped for about 6 weeks when I initially had the PPM installed in 2009. Since then I have been lifting weights on a very regular basis.

Alternatively, does it make more sense to start off on a lighter regime ie using light weights first for a few sessions now before going back to the heavier weights immediately?

Thanks





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