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Posted by Janenotarzan on 2015-02-27 01:03. 2 comments. 266 reads
 
Helllo. Got my PM on 2/7 and back to strenous job w/restrictions on 2/17. Felt much like 'The Little Engine That Could,' after reading on here about an EMT and other active 50somethings returning to strenuous duties/ pleasures after short-term recouperations. My mantra became: "I think I can! I think I can!" Well, I found out I could, but not without consequences. : ( Off work for 2 days due to lactic acidosis. Seems I overworked my muscles after having been on minimal activity/ability a few wks. prior to PM implant, plus overusing muscles on my upper right side/lower left side to compensate for left-upper body limits, while body is also re-building muscle fibers around leads implanted in heart. Makes sense. Also told to up my ...


Posted by susieq1984 on 2015-02-26 15:25. 8 comments. 236 reads
 
Hi, I had a dual chamber pm implanted on 02/23/2015. Had first heart attack on the 19th. Cath was clear, no blockages. Went into 3rd degree heart block. So now my electrical conduction seems to be working. I read my pm manual....seems they suggest you should not use a gas powered chainsaw. I used one quite a bit to keep my property maintained. So a bit depressed here ,yet still thankful to be alive. I'm just wondering what machines ,tools are okay ? Anyone else have to give up a tool they loved ? Also wondering if I could use a electric saw ?

Posted by Darine on 2015-02-26 11:59. 11 comments. 359 reads
 
i have been wearing a pacemaker for 5 weeks now .i used to swim every other day and was advised to skip it for 6 weeks . I took on walking but i am itching to go back to the water . when should i go back.Any suggestion from swimmers.thank you.

Posted by baza1976 on 2015-02-26 03:50. 3 comments. 308 reads
 
Frustrating!!!!!! 3rd degree heart block and bradycardia. So, as I mentioned in one of my last posts, the tracking of my pacemaker was increased to match the upper chamber up to 170 bpm ( I’m sure the rep mentioned 200bpm). Begins my frustrations. If I blast out of the traps for a 5k/3mile run, I can hold 7 min miles and even go below 7 min mile for one or two of them. I’ll be gasping for air at the end but not breathless or the sicky feeling and week legs.

When I’m going for a long run of 8 mile or more and want to run a slower pace of 9min mile, I can feel the breathlessness at the “edge” and I eventually struggle with the breathing and the sicky(low blood pressure feeling).

The point I’m (trying) makin...


Posted by Swimrun on 2015-02-25 20:05. 8 comments. 570 reads
 
I had my Medtronic dual chamber pm implanted October 2,2014 for sic sinus syndrome. Been athletic/active all my life. Prior to pm I had run 7 marathons with a BQ in 2013. 6 months prior to pm started having SOB when running. Went through the gamut of diagnosis, starting with exercise induced asthma. Finally went to cardiologist and came up with the sic sinus diagnosis. After having the pm implant went back to running after the required 6 weeks off. Felt okay but some SOB but blamed it on being out of shape from time off. Time and training and this stil didn't improve, started having incidences of heart racing/ SOB when hiking or climbing stairs, basically any physical activity. Went back to doctor thinking pm just needed to be adjusted. M...


Posted by artwombat on 2015-02-25 16:25. 2 comments. 213 reads
 
I just passed my pacemaker review 15 months after implant.

I am also T2 diabetic and I would like to share my success with that because it resulted in the loss of unwanted 22 KGs.

My new diabetes specialist wanted to get me off 130 units per day insulin injections and on to tablets and he did it with diet in one week. My diet is now No Major Carbs and extra veg. and has been for nearly a year.

I have bought an electric boosted pedal trike and been using it for the last few weeks. The trike is a conversation starter and it can carry up to 30 KG payload and the electric boost gives me lots of "Bang for my peddaling buck".

Most importantly the trike is useful and has a good exercise component and ...


Posted by nansea on 2015-02-21 22:38. 6 comments. 806 reads
 
I received a new FitBit HR and was wondering if anyone has been using a fitbit and has it affected your heart rate, as in causing your pacer to race. Glad to have found this group. I'm on pacer #2 so I'm not new to having one....just new to the FitBit.
Appreciate any comments you might offer.
Thanks,
nansea

Posted by blep on 2015-02-21 21:00. 4 comments. 218 reads
 
Hello world of pacmakians. I had a Maze surgery in last June which unfortunately damaged my SA node. The surgeon who I have great respect for said that the SA node artery took a weird route which put it right in the path of one of the critical cut lines. Consequently I have since had a pacemaker to deal with Chronotopic incompetence. My SA node seems to function at resting levels but does not ramp up during exercise.

Okay now here's the puzzle. During the last month or so (8 months postop ) I have been getting weird spurts of heart activity that cant really be explained by the pacemaker. Sometimes my heart will accelerate too fast when I am just starting to exercise - then taper off to a more normal response. When I am resting ...


Posted by capote59 on 2015-02-21 09:29. 2 comments. 190 reads
 
I just had my pacemaker adjusted and need to use a heart rate monitor for my cardio exercise. Any recommendations as what would be doable. I do not think a bluetooth unit would work but curious.

Thank you

Chris Johnson

Posted by Sandy59 on 2015-02-21 09:05. 2 comments. 236 reads
 
I had my PM fitted in July 14 and followed the instructions to the letter, rested for 8 weeks and did not do any exercisecfor 12 weeks and no golf for 16 weeks. Over Christmas my PM moved up by as much as an inch and to the right by half an inch. I believe it moved because I started front crawl swimming, has anyone else suffered movement of their PM?

Posted by Decco on 2015-02-17 09:25. 4 comments. 293 reads
 
Hi,
I've just joined the club and found some of the posts very informative. I don't have it yet but its looking like i'll need a pacemaker. I'm 45 yrs old and very active being a Taekwondo Instructor and a keen scuba diver with a few half marathons and triathlons under my belt also.. My condition is an abnormal rhythm with normal function of the heart muscle itself with no tissue damage or disease. I'm not worried about the procedure itself as my father had a pacemaker also at the age of 37yrs! so i'm fairly familiar with this sort of thing. I am however doing some background research to pacemakers prior to a possible installation of one for scuba diving. Does anyone know where I can get a list of the manufacturers and the depth...


Posted by Lindafirth on 2015-02-16 10:34. 4 comments. 374 reads
 
Can you use sun beds with pacemaker implant

Posted by bhaynor on 2015-02-14 22:01. 8 comments. 433 reads
 
Just had a pacemaker installed two days ago. Will I be able to play golf?

Posted by wjs1954 on 2015-02-13 12:26. 2 comments. 247 reads
 
yes i check my rate off and on just because..

anyway i was thinking about HR % of PM being used..

There probably is no set answer just wondering what others are set at..

back almost a year ago when i get my PM it was set at 60 all the tme. i was being paced at like 90% i request it be lower to 45 at night, thought it would help me sleep.. Than i was paced about 75 maybe 80%. again requested a change for 40 at night, Rep messed up, set me at 40 all the time i was paced at 30-40 %. wnet back again now i am set for 40 for 6 1/2 hours at night 50 the other 17 1/2 hours now i am paced about 65% +/-. what are others set at and is 40 and 50 good?? My cardio Doc says she does not have many younger active peop...


Posted by mtntraveler on 2015-02-12 02:16. 2 comments. 283 reads
 
Hi,
I have been reading some of the posts and found the various ages of patients, and your return to exercise very encouraging.

I'm 31 years old and received my first dual chamber PM Jan 8/15.
I have tachy-brady syndrome. The bradyarrhythmias ranged from sinus brady and pauses to second degree heart block. I am paced 78% of the time, and noticed an immediate change after surgery with my symptoms. Recovery was going really well. I was able to go for small hikes and ride on a recumbent stationary bike, activities that I was unable to do for several weeks prior to getting the PM. This gave me a lot of hope that I'd be able to start returning to my passions of mountain biking, backpacking and skate skiing with the PM at th...


Posted by Charlotteis on 2015-02-08 21:50. 5 comments. 306 reads
 
Hi there, I know that there are some rides at amusement parks that say - no pacemakers - but are there any rides I can go on? Has anyone in this club gone on rides with their pacemaker?

Posted by PAMMY on 2015-02-06 12:35. 11 comments. 231 reads
 
doing my first Parkrun tomorrow. Going out tonight so depends on how I feel in the morning!

I have 3 aims...

1. to complete it without collapsing
2. to complete it without my calf playing up, and
3. to complete it in under 30 mins.

Think I'll be able to manage the first two - not sure about the third!

Pammy



Posted by cee on 2015-02-04 21:46. 8 comments. 317 reads
 
I am a 43 year old runner ( not very fast ) who had a pacemaker implanted in June 2014. I have a 2 to 1 AV Heart block, which means I block when I reach a higher heart rate, mostly on hills. I have been advised to run with a heart rate monitor, so I went and spent a small fortune on the Garmin band and found it doesn't pick up my pacing so it is useless to me. Can anyone recommend an accurate heart rate monitor watch or band? I'd really like one that tracks distance too. Cheers :)

Posted by JoeAthlete on 2015-02-04 17:31. 3 comments. 294 reads
 
Pacemaker Low Battery by Joe Chirco 1/2/15
I am an athlete. I have a pacemaker to correct a birth defect of a blockage from my SA node to my A/V node. I have no cardiovascular disease. I was given a pacemaker to correct this problem over 8 years ago. During the last 2 months the pacemaker battery was at its end of life voltage.
I was monitoring the voltage at the Clinic on a monthly basis. We watched the voltage declining but it had not reached its ERI. I cycle as an athlete. I cycle to the gym and teach spin classes. Spinning is intense cardio. Actually riding to the gym is intense too as I ride at speeds close to 20 MPH.
I know my body and my fitness level and what shape I am in. As the battery continued to dec...


Posted by TickTock-UK on 2015-02-03 17:59. 4 comments. 270 reads
 
Hi All,

I keep telling you that running is bad for you, here is a link for you to see/read...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31095384

Len



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