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Posted by mcordero on 2015-03-16 14:02. 8 comments. 363 reads
 
Hi,
Im a journalist. I live in Costa Rica - yes, beautiful, huh! - I ran 5 marathons so far: twice NY, Rome, Paris, and Athens. Now, last month, I got my pacemaker. And first question for the doctor was "can I run more marathons", he said "yes, that little fella on your chest, is like a BMW".
So, I hope to run my sixth in September.
Any marathoners here?

Im 37 years old. Its been just a month after surgery, but I hope this afternoon, the doctor will let me run again now :P Is it too soon? Thnks for all the advice!


Posted by ultrapacer on 2015-03-14 18:06. 4 comments. 282 reads
 
Does anyone know of someone who has run a 100 mile ultrmarathon with a cardiac pacemaker?

Posted by Jackw on 2015-03-06 20:52. 3 comments. 397 reads
 
At 68, I still ski, hike, run. At least I did until recently. Been diagnosed with sinus node disorder. Harry runs in the 40s dipping to 30s while asleep. The only symptom is I get out of breath when I ramp up exercise. Getting a pm in about a month. Doc has mentioned Medtronic and Biotronix as options. Does anyone have thoughts on which pm has the best rate responsive characteristics? I understand there are different approaches to adapting to higher exercise demands on the cv system. My goal is to be able to ski, hike or run for a good number of years yet.
Thoughts? Experiences?

Thanks!

Posted by Gailae on 2015-03-04 14:40. 6 comments. 317 reads
 
Hi. I had my pacemaker put in at the end of December 2014. My biggest problem is getting advice on returning to horse riding and jumping. I compete and agree I can come off if horse suddenly stops at a high jump. I have had varying degrees of advice from people/Doctors from yes you can return to any sport regardless , to a Doctor saying today that it is not wise because of the risk of the falls when jumping. She feels that the leads can be ripped out too easily if I have a fall!!!
I feel devastated. Anyone out there who has some advice and who does the same sport.

Posted by kevbo311 on 2015-03-04 11:44. 9 comments. 414 reads
 
I had my pacemaker put in Feb 4 2015. No issues and after 3 weeks was allowed to start lifting my arm above my head and lifting things over 10lbs. I see alot of different info about when to start working out. Some sites say 12 weeks other say 4 weeks.
I plan to start slow but wondering, whats the average weeks people on this site have waited

Thanks
Kevin

Posted by mariamachin987 on 2015-03-03 10:29. 2 comments. 372 reads
 
I have a pacemaker. what exercise can I do .

Posted by jasperbiag on 2015-03-03 04:17. 4 comments. 255 reads
 
Good Day to all!

i'm happy to be here :) Im currently on my 4th month with my pacemaker. before my pacemaker im on weightlifting gym. now that i have pacemaker i stopped lifting, right now im planning to go to a boxing gym will it be okay if im just there for their cardio stuff? no upper left chest/arm movement involved also punching only at right arm. although there's jumping jacks. will it be okay for me? i'm a little scared, is 4 months already okay? thanks for the answers in advanced :)

Posted by Soodoo1 on 2015-03-01 21:03. 5 comments. 344 reads
 
Anyonehave y issues using a hot tub?

Posted by Somanito on 2015-03-01 09:50. 3 comments. 259 reads
 
Hello! I had my pacemaker implanted on January 26. I have been working on getting back in shape. I have noticed I can start an activity and feel great then all of a sudden will feel kind of strange like the energy was drained. If I keep working I can push through but it's diconcerting has anyone else had this experience?
I have also noticed it after eating sometimes.



Posted by Gailae on 2015-02-28 00:35. 9 comments. 375 reads
 
I am very unsure of when a person typically can return to full Sporting activities such as golf, front crawl swimming , horse riding , tennis,badminton etc.
I know one had to be cautious of aggressive over arm movements but how long does it take for the leads to be firmly adhesed in the heart or is it always a risky thing to pull the leads out?

Posted by Lady Kate on 2015-02-27 11:09. 1 comments. 242 reads
 
I finished 33 treatments of radiation for breast cancer on Jan 15th and decided to take part in the Donna foundation "finish breast cancer" on Valentines weekend by walk/run the 5k.
The last part of the race for me was grueling, I could hardly walk let alone run, but I made it to the finish line in 34 mins. I was ecstatic as any of you out there who have suffered the treatment for breast cancer well know it is more than a race that I had achieved that day.
I went to see my EP the week after and I had 26 episodes of atrial Tachycardia in 1month and one during the race for 20mins.I've had them in the past but only occasionally. We are going to see how I am in 3mths to see how it is. I am normally very active I walk,cycle,do step c...


Posted by Janenotarzan on 2015-02-27 01:03. 2 comments. 287 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. 279 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. 411 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. 341 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. 650 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. 232 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. 1271 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. 239 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. 202 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



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