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Posted by Lisalac on 2016-01-25 04:31. 4 comments. 278 reads
 
I'm am wondering if any ladies have a good sports bra sold in Canada that won't chafe my incision when I run long distances. I've tried body glide; racer back and regular stap sports bras and always have a bit of an chafe on it. Thanks Lisa

Posted by PAMMY on 2016-01-23 19:39. 5 comments. 359 reads
 
Hi all

Just completed a 10k race - first one in 18 months due to ongoing calf (not heart) problems. I have done quite a bit of training for it but I really struggle going up hills (there is a gradual hill between 2 and 4 k). I feel I've got no energy or oomph! to get me up. I seem okay once the route flattens out. I get quite frustrated that before the pm implant in 2013 the people I used to beat quite easily and who are in my age group now beat me - not that I'm competitive or anything! Just wondering if it could be anything to do with my pacemaker settings or should I just admit that I am not as fit anymore and getting older?!! Any advice from you 'experts' out there would be welcome.
Pammy

Posted by fox30 on 2016-01-21 12:42. 3 comments. 397 reads
 
I have a Medtronic Consulta CRT-P.
Now three months post implantation I am back to running , being a 35 year plus marathoner. Implanted because of intermittent second degree block plus LBBB.
My running times are approaching my pre-LBBB levels but I am noticing a very sluggish first mile and my Polar heart rate is very erratic during that time , reading much higher than my counted pulse at wrist. Question are there settings on the Rate Response function that are involved?ADL rate is95.ADL response is set at 3 as is exertion response.Activity threshold is medium low and activity acceleration is 30 sec ADL setpoint is 17 and UR setpoint is 34.I realize older runners take longer to get "warmed up" and I noticed that trend even befo...


Posted by cycling22 on 2016-01-18 14:58. 7 comments. 466 reads
 
I just joined the PC club today. I had my PM implant on Dec 28, 2015. I am a little nervous about starting cycling again. Can anyone help me out with this topic?

Posted by turtle on 2016-01-16 14:28. 3 comments. 347 reads
 
After reflecting on member advice and being urged by my anxious wife I decided to skip the 4 mile run this morning. There are more coming next month. Thanks for taking the time to give me the benefit of your experience.

Posted by turtle on 2016-01-15 19:40. 6 comments. 428 reads
 
I received my pacemaker 19 days ago and am supposed to run a 4 mile race tomorrow. I am using a Forerunner 225 to track my heart rate. Any advice on how much stress I should allow?

Posted by fox30 on 2016-01-14 14:10. 4 comments. 365 reads
 
I know a number of PM Club folks have run marathons or half marathon or triathlons but my question is have any done so with a CRT.
Having run a number of marathons I now have a Bi V because of a exercise induced AV block and a left bundle branch block.The LBBB is recent and clearly decreased by exercise capacity.Since the PM implantation by exercise capacity is almost back to the pre LBBB levels. I have decided to retire from marathoning but a half looks very doable.

Posted by Alaskadeb on 2016-01-14 09:07. 2 comments. 309 reads
 
Hi! I'm hoping someone out there has a similar story and can share their experience!!
I had a pacemaker installed abdominally two weeks ago. I live in anchorage, Alaska. I went home with instructions and cautions on chest implants (no help to me)
I've been able to piece my way through most of it....except- we are avid outdoor enthusiasts! I see information on 12" from ignition or spark plugs. Does anybody ride ATV's or motorcycles with a abdominal implant? I'm a petite female so I have a "low" center of gravity! Like I may be pushing the 12" thing. How concerning is this?
Thanks for whatever info you can share!

Posted by sweetie_ams on 2016-01-12 20:41. 4 comments. 490 reads
 
Hi all,

I'm a 30yo female who was implanted about 8 weeks ago- I have neurocardiogenic syncope with the PM put in place for Bradycardia.
Prior to my implantation I was a big fan of Crossfit- having started in September and I felt I finally had found the thing that I enjoyed after many souless years of treadmills and rowers! Since my PM however I have found it difficult to imagine ever being confident doing Crossfit and not worrying about pulling my leads out. I just can't at the moment see myself ever going back to doing pull-ups, snatches or lifting anything over my head without being terrified afterwards that I've pulled a lead out. The surgery was traumatic for me so I really don't want to put myself in the way of mo...


Posted by jagginxj6 on 2016-01-09 01:23. 4 comments. 376 reads
 
I'm in my mid-60's and just learned I have bradycardia. I'm undergoing additional tests but low heart rates run in my family. My expectation is that a pacemaker is in my near future. I'm new to this so I don't know what to expect. I'm an amateur race car driver. Will a pacemaker affect my ability to continue doing this? My race car has a five-point harness. Will a pacemaker affect my ability to be strapped in tightly? Has anyone dealt with this? Thank you.

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2016-01-08 23:29. 3 comments. 299 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. 278 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. 611 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. 433 reads
 
Is it ok to wear one

Posted by stacymedina on 2016-01-02 03:02. 6 comments. 376 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. 238 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. 665 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. 220 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. 333 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. 314 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



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