St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by JRTKD on 2014-09-14 18:11. 12 comments. 346 reads
 
Hi, Need some advice before I call the clinic in the morning.

Had a second aortic valve replacement in July, unfortunately had complete heart block after surgery and ended up needing a pacemaker.

I am a martial artist, competitive and instructor, tae kwon do and boxing etc as well as running, assault courses etc.

After all clear from surgeon I began training again last week but when running found I was hitting a wall and getting out of breath and dizzy.

Tried to train through it figuring i was just unfit again but no avail.

Strapped on my old heart monitor and found that I was hitting about 170 bpm and then heart rate was dropping back 90-80 and then settling at 70 for a maybe 30 secs...


Posted by Kajira on 2014-09-14 12:57. 1 comments. 233 reads
 
Hello...I have had my Medtronic pacemaker for 2 years and it is only supposed to work when I am sleeping or when my heart rate is less than 60BPM...But I have noticed that when I do any sports, during the first 10-15 min. or so in the warm up phase my "heart" or something that feels like that LOL starts to flutter a bit and the feeling is mirored also in my throat....It is a kind of twitching/ tremble feeling...Not painfull and causes me no problems except to make me nervous! It always goes away after I am warmed up...It can also happen when I stand up after long sitting and walk fast down the long hallway at work.
Does anyone else have this? My Dr. does not think it is important LOL But he also didn't think I needed a pacemaker f...


Posted by Goodboy123 on 2014-09-12 16:54. 2 comments. 187 reads
 
Question for anyone who can answer it, I have a pacemaker in my abdomen put in at birth and since I have started going swimming in deep water at the indoor pool I get a tightness in my chest after exerting myself so my question is that if that's normal or is it even related to the pacemaker at all? BTW I am twelve and just started to learn to swim.

ps- Should I consult a Dr. and should I continue swimming.

Posted by curiousjbird on 2014-09-11 13:29. 6 comments. 301 reads
 
Hi, everyone, first off, great site! I got my device unexpected 6 days ago. Went in for a treadmill test, but even before I got on the treadmill I fainted and they saw my heart stopped beating for a bit. The phrase I heard repeated over and over the next few hours was "10 second pause". My cardiologist was there and told me I was getting a pacemaker. Lot to absorb (I'm only 41 and have only had one other fainting spell in the last year), but after being stubborn for a bit I went ahead with the surgery.

I'm feeling OK, back to work, and trying to be safe but not get too stiff.

I recently started backpacking/hiking a lot more and now I'm worried that the straps on my pack will rub my device. Any advice from the hik...


Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-09-11 09:36. 4 comments. 204 reads
 
I need more cardio in my life. Getting the middle ....I was wondering about swinging arms in circles overhead constantly in cardio. Now I do arms overhead but not the arms circles. I always have tightness in that area is it my leads ??

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-09-10 20:51. 5 comments. 197 reads
 
I have been doing weight training for about a year. I use free weights, but only use between 5-8 pounds. I do not have definition in my arms. I would like that cut look in my arms. My arms are toning but its one big arm. Am I dreaming ?

Posted by bionicpulse on 2014-09-09 23:02. 7 comments. 238 reads
 
Hi, I'm was recently implanted with a dual chamber pacemaker for bradycardia -- about once every 6mos my heart rate drops really low and I pass out. I'm now paced at a steady 50bps. I'm in my 30s and enjoy vigorous exercise, in particular BJJ. (If you don't know what it is just think wrestling: clinching, someone pinning you on the ground, full strength pushing, pulling, occasional throws onto mats. No punching or kicking.)

I'm trying to evaluate whether it's worth the risk continuing BJJ with my pacemaker. There are many conflicting opinions online and even the doctors aren't consistent. Instead of asking for people's opinions on the matter I want to consider the question differently in terms of costs and benefits. I know the b...


Posted by pwh51 on 2014-09-09 22:03. 5 comments. 146 reads
 
After surviving an out of hospital arrest 11yrs ago,I am booked in for a pacemaker/defibrillator in a couple of weeks . Cruising is on the bucket list and will include a compressed air hookah for under water maintenance and hunting/gathering. I forgot to ask my cardiologist about this and won't see him again before the op but I was wondering about the effects of two atmospheres of pressure on the device. Does anyone have knowledge of this subject.?

Posted by RDD on 2014-09-06 12:24. 9 comments. 310 reads
 
Greetings to all....at the suggestion of Inga (aka golden_snitch ... the supreme purveyor of all things related to PM's) I am presenting a dilemma to any of you Medtronic users who might be of help.

I am a 72 y/o man with three aortic valve replacements (1992, 2000, and March 2014) who has remained very athletically active. I had a Medtronic ADDR01, dual-lead, PM installed in January and am currently paced near 100% of the time. With an accelerometer only, the PM is designed to respond to upper body motion only and,in spite of numerous adjustments by my EP, does not respond adequately to my activities (mainly hiking in the mountains and biking). In fact,it actually slows down when hiking up steep hills or biking and will soon...


Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-09-05 15:47. 8 comments. 181 reads
 
Charity ride for work, The United way got 62000.00 166 riders total there was a 30, 50 & 62 mile ride. I signed up for the 50 due to poor road marking did a few extra. Felt good heart rate still not getting as high as I think it should. 3 of my buddy's and I all had heart rate monitor my HR was alway 20 or more bpm slower then they had. With that said, pretty happy with PM I guess it is just the way it is.

Posted by tbiancardi on 2014-09-02 17:55. 5 comments. 215 reads
 
I am a 61 year old female with a St. Judes PM implanted late July 2014. I have been taking Pilates on a reformer once a week for the past year and a half. I also take Yoga and mat Pilates several times a week. The doctor has suggested I wait a month before resuming the reformer. He has also advised against repetitive motion such as tennis.

I miss the reformer terribly, but concerned with some of the upper body exercises on them. Any one out there work on a reformer? what about planks and downward dog yoga positions? I'm not sure that my doctor is aware of the position of these moves.

Posted by Duke Heart Patient on 2014-09-02 15:38. 4 comments. 194 reads
 
Are you on a certain diet ? What do you eat , not eat and how often do you exercise ?

40
Male
NC

Pacemaker since 2011
6'
180 Pds

Always exercised and ran .....

Posted by Notsure on 2014-09-02 08:55. 8 comments. 447 reads
 
I got my pacemaker in June 2014. I am back to the gym but my Dr. doesn't think I should be doing push-ups or lifting weights over head with my left arm. To me this means I really can't do any shoulder or chest exercises! She feels the leads are man made and the pushing and pulling can wear them out. Has anyone else heard this?

Posted by wolverin on 2014-09-01 07:51. 2 comments. 143 reads
 
Hi, any one who located in phillipines?
Comment posted by wolverin on 2014-09-01 07:41.
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Posted by bowl299 on 2014-08-31 16:34. 7 comments. 229 reads
 
After 10 years of on and off A-fib, 2 ablations and several cardioversions, I am scheduled for my third ablation in October and the following day a pacemaker. How long will it be before I can start to get active again after 10 years of mostly feeling like crap? I use to be active but get tired and out of breath all the time now, will a lot of this be gone? Any and all info will be helpful.

Posted by metz on 2014-08-31 08:38. 1 comments. 157 reads
 
This baby has been in me for a while (ICD). This is the fist time any doctor gave me lifting limits. Now I'm not Hercules, but I enjoyed lifting around 175lbs. Bummer

Posted by metz on 2014-08-30 23:25. 4 comments. 263 reads
 
I was told no push ups and I shouldn't lift any thing above 20lbs. Does that sound right to everybody? metz

Posted by Cycler on 2014-08-30 14:22. 9 comments. 253 reads
 
I’m an experienced cyclist, small town. 75% errands in traffic, 25% edge of town.

I’ve had an ICD for 3 months. I put about 1,000 miles on my Trek between the install and when I got defibbed while on the bike.

I thought I’d found my “sweet spot” balancing mild exertion while staying below the “shock bar.” I haven’t been back to the cardiologist yet for my post op consult.I’m wondering if there’s any correlation between a reasonably induced exercise (sinus) heart rate and the heart suddenly going tachy.

Or maybe he can tell me what my heart rate was prior to being defibbed? In either event, cycling’s probably over forever.

Anyone with a similar story?

Posted by SoCal-TV on 2014-08-23 20:21. 4 comments. 324 reads
 
I have a St Jude PM 2240. low setting 50bpm, high setting 130.
When cycling (MTB) I'm killing myself to hit 120bpm, but an easy jog on foot will hit 125-130 no problem. Even sit ups drive it to 120. Love to cycle, but can't really run because of joints. What can be done to adjust this unit? I am 65.

Posted by jclong41 on 2014-08-23 13:06. 9 comments. 304 reads
 
Hi fellow Pacemakers,
New to the group and my first post. I was diagnosed with 2nd degree AV Mobitz II characterized by an unexpected nonconducted atrial impulse, bradycardia, afib, sinus node dysfunction and Right Bundle Branch block. I was before diagnosis an avid runner with an avg. pace of 8 minute miles. Now, I struggle to achieve 12 minute miles. My doc has performed stress test with treadmill and was not able to determine any significant issues, however with the biotronik PM, the levels were set for 60/140. He says there were limitations due to my 3rd degree HB and rapid heart rate. My meds are 100 mg flecianide 2x day, and BP medication. Yesterday, the doc changed my PM to Boston Scientific K174. The PM specialist is o...




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