St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by natlat on 2014-07-10 18:14. 3 comments. 186 reads
 
Hi, in my 5th week of running after the normal 7 week ICD implant healing phase. I am also on beta blockers (sotalol 80mg 2x per day). Former competitive runner, cyclist etc. Had a sustained vtach episode. Cause still unknown. Anyways, so back to running, but I am much slower than before..probably due to the layoff and probably the beta blockers. My settings are set really high on my ICD. I wear a HRM too, just to monitor my heart rate. Who else has an ICD and has been running since the implant? What is your underlying condition?

I am up to about 3.5 miles 4x per week and pretty pleased. I am hoping to increase the miles to at least 4 or so. Thoughts?

Natasha

Posted by @Heartthrob on 2014-07-10 17:03. 4 comments. 170 reads
 
I am now going into 4 week post post op and feel great. I own a vacation rental cleaning business and wonder if I can go back to work or should I wait .

Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-07-10 12:43. 3 comments. 142 reads
 
so called cardiologist again Tuesday to make sure about running..

Now all of a sudden she said NO, Moved my PM tune up appointment with Medtronic’s rep up to 7-18. told me not to run till they put me on the treadmill and try to make adjustments.. I guess I have to follow her wishes... at least I can still ride and walk, I hate walking!!! well I can ride :>)...


Posted by Geriatrick on 2014-07-09 15:31. 3 comments. 147 reads
 

I was always active in sports, From basketball to kayaking.
Never really played golf, just miniature.
I am now ready for the game. Will the swing needed for driving be a problem?

Thanks


Posted by cal-c on 2014-07-09 05:48. 2 comments. 241 reads
 
Hi, I am new to the forum and I was looking to get some info.

When I exercise my heart rate starts to build up but then it reaches a certain point (when I need oxygen most) and my heart returns to a natural rythym which is about 35 bpm and then i get obviously short of breath.... and then when I am a bit recovered the rate comes back in high with abnormal beats.

Has anyone else had this?

Regards



Posted by sfaut5750 on 2014-07-08 21:15. 8 comments. 268 reads
 
Hi,

My name is Sarah, and I am 18 years old. I came across this site today as I was doing research for my "options". I was told yesterday that my doctor would not be choosing the route of medication to fix my arrhythmia problems ( I fluctuate between a 27bpm & a 280bpm along with having PVCs). I was told a pacemaker is in my near future & to be honest that scared the hell out of me. I am very active, I do a cross between a cross fit style & olympic lifting, I'm in the middle of training for a half marathon & overall just love getting outside and moving. I guess I'm curious if there are people out there who are active like me & if you all could give me advice about working back into exercise/activity, how you managed the surgery...


Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-07-07 09:55. 7 comments. 298 reads
 
I know I asked before However..

I was explaining to a nurse over the weekend about what happens when I run. No matter what pace or for how long w/in 60 - 90 sec of starting to run my rate goes to 150 and stays untill i stop running. I have run 4 times this week 15 mins shortest up to 75 mins longest same thing each time. I called Medtronics told them i had i appointment with Cardiologist 8-25, they said go sooner. I called now appointment 8-3 Cardiologigist and Medtronic Rep. The call to Medtronic was after my first run.
My question is??? the Nurse (RN) is not a Cardio nurse but was very concerned said are you trying to give yourself a stroke,, got my just a little worried, Hate to call the cardiologist again to ask ...


Posted by BIG on 2014-07-05 15:43. 2 comments. 195 reads
 
How long will it be till i can run a 10k?

Posted by tbirdzz on 2014-07-04 14:43. 3 comments. 212 reads
 
Hi,

I had rate response turned on yesterday because I couldn't get my heart rate up during exercise (jogging). Now today, 30 seconds after starting to jog, my heart rate jumped to 158. I walked and it eventually went down and when I started to jog again, same thing happens, my heart begins to race within 30 seconds. When this happens, it feels very uncomfortable, like when the tech runs my heart up during a checkup. My heart even begins to race 30 seconds after jogging in place! I am worried that if I continue to run, I will get shocked because my upper limit is 168. I can walk fast, up hills, etc, with no problem at normal heart rate. The tech said the PM will have to spend a bit of time learning. Does anyone have experience wi...


Posted by scotia on 2014-07-01 17:12. 6 comments. 169 reads
 
Hello

I have a different question. I am doing some personal training. This trainer calls it "ninja" training. In his training sessions we do lots of different excercises. So far i have been fine with pretty much everything he asks me to do. I have seen pictures and videos of other people he trained. And he usually gets them to do headstands, climb walls ect at the end of each 5 week session. I have been fine with doing planks and pushups and even the dreaded burpees. I am just not sure about the headstand or the wall climb. Has anyone else done anything like this?

Thank-you
Laura

Posted by Alma Annie on 2014-07-01 01:04. 8 comments. 549 reads
 
My pm is set from 50 to 130. I do not have a rate response, it is something else which I don't really understand.
I have gone back after 3 weeks to exercising, by climbing 188 steep steps as fast as I can. I felt almost as if I was in A Fib as my heart started pounding. At the top of steps I took my pulse for 15 seconds and it was 44, which means it was about 170+ for a minute. It slowly decreased on resting. My question is how can it go that fast when pm is set to a max of 130? Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks.
Alma Annie.

Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-06-29 16:20. 2 comments. 215 reads
 
Pretty sure i understand it, if i am wrong please let me know..

Anyway first run/jog in a while (starting 1/2 marathon training)
link to today's run with data http://connect.garmin.com/activity/530785951

Looking at data max is set at 150 HR My rate hits that each time i start running w/in 1-2 min of staring to run, pace does not matter. Also notice when i walk rate drops same curve to about 125 than the curve changes at about the same rate for each walk break. i think this mean PM lets my heart go without the RR at 125. Probably due to less motion of body. I think the reason I go to max so quickly is sensitivity may need adjusting??

Question
1) This was only first run with RR, will body a...


Posted by Greg49 on 2014-06-28 14:33. 3 comments. 238 reads
 
Just had a new pacemaker inplanted on Thursday June 26

Old St. Jude one was out of Battery. The new one Boston Scientific is suppose to be a dual accelometer & ventilator response device. I ahve tried exersizing and heart rate stays at 60 bpm. My old device sensed arm motion and raised my rate. For some reason the device does not

Greg

Posted by Hales34 on 2014-06-27 00:23. 4 comments. 245 reads
 
Hello! Im new to this site. Im 34 and have a pm and had it implanted in 2012..i have constant dizziness, pressure in my head and severe lightheadedness even with simple workouts..i need info...i cant breath well. I get to a point of feeling unconscious. Should i be worried? Anyone else feel these symptoms? Its making me feel weak, sick and drained..

Posted by Nurseinpain on 2014-06-26 22:49. 2 comments. 187 reads
 
Who has been scuba diving with a pacemaker?
Any problems?
How far down did you go?
Thanks so much

Posted by glenscifan on 2014-06-26 10:44. 9 comments. 237 reads
 
Hi Everyone, it's really great to hear from other crossfitters with pacemakers. From the concerned looks I get sometimes when people eventually learn I have a PM, I sometimes question myself. But hearing from others in the same boat is great for motivation.
I am curious to know how others deal with the physical limitations from the PM. Cleans and front squats in particular are such a big part of crossfit, but I'm always concerned about damaging the leads (PM is located in front chest). Do others just do them and try to be a bit more careful? wear a protector? Substitute front squats by back squats?
Any advice or shared experience would be much appreciated!!

Posted by PeteFindlay on 2014-06-25 17:46. 5 comments. 177 reads
 
7 weeks and 1 day post-implant, and I just completed my first workout class back!

I've been working my own steady rehab programme since getting the all-clear last week, focusing on making sure I've got full range of movement and stability. Still a way to go with weights and getting strength back.

Running, Kettlebell swings and burpees wasn't too taxing on the movement side - and I'd been working those in my rehab over the past week anyway - so I thought give it a go!

Feels great to get back to some intensity!

Pete

Posted by Ankit.A on 2014-06-24 09:14. 2 comments. 220 reads
 
Hello all
Ian 22 implanted with a dual chamber medrotonic device
Last July 2013 after a gap of several months I started gym in
Does there any thing to worry that of I do gym in
The pacemaker will b disturbed from its position
If it is what would b the out come
Or nothin will happen right now when I touch it
It moves a little up word
I saw some images of a ppm on chest

Posted by bobgoldman8 on 2014-06-21 09:05. 2 comments. 185 reads
 
I’m set to have a pacemaker put in on the 29th of this month. I’m a recreational swimmer and have been swimming daily for many years. I was wondering the following: if I used ONLY my legs, with hands on my stomach, could I reduce the recommended waiting period of 6 – 8 weeks or is there something I'm missing?

Posted by Pattyboy10 on 2014-06-19 21:10. 4 comments. 199 reads
 
I had a pm put in on May 14. Six weeks coming up. Do you start playing again softly or is it ok to whack away.
Pattyboy



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