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Posted by RandomICD on 2015-11-07 11:23. 6 comments. 502 reads
 
I'm 30 years old with congenital heart defect. I recently had an ICD and wire replacement as there was a fault.
Before this my doctor was happy with me swimming a mile a week but now advises against it as it may have caused a fracture in the pacing lead due to 'repetitive arm movement'.
There are some with pacemakers who think this is true and others who happily distance swim, and do other upper body activities with no issues.
I love swimming and want to do more upper body exercises; kite boarding, kayaking, weights etc.
What's everyone's experience on this?
Thanks

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2015-11-06 00:37. 3 comments. 375 reads
 
Do I measure my target heart rate the same as everyone else with a pacemaker ? Do the meds I take influence the target heart too ?

Posted by jd1990 on 2015-11-05 04:59. 7 comments. 474 reads
 
So,

I've been wanting to give Brazilian Jiu Jitsu a try but have been a bit hesitant because I have a pacemaker. I had my pacemaker implanted March of 2013 because of bradycardia and have had no issues since my surgery in regards to my device itself. My main concern is having my pacemaker become damaged due to the rolling around, which could put weight on the pacemaker itself. The pacemaker is subcutaneous and lies on my upper/mid left pec.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, I've seen a few other threads on this site that were related to this post but I'd like to see if I can get any further input.

Thanks guys,

Justin

Posted by TFRDDS on 2015-11-02 01:42. 5 comments. 414 reads
 
I got my PM about 6 weeks ago and my cardiologist said it is no problem for me to resume swimming with no restrictions. He did say that it would be probably be best to swim in grounded pools. I have spoken to a couple people who have been swimming at our local YMCA that is ungrounded and never had a problem. Is this a concern as most older pools are ungrounded. thanks TFR

Posted by Ironheart on 2015-10-30 21:53. 2 comments. 427 reads
 
Hi all
I had my dual pacemaker fit in August. I have noticed when exercising now that my h/r goes higher quicker for less effort than before my pm and takes longer to recover.
Has anybody else experienced this?
The pm was fitted for heart block and bradycardia snd and pm kicks in at 40. Not being paced for anything else
Thanks

Posted by Bluroo on 2015-10-29 16:36. 1 comments. 377 reads
 
I have a CRT-D with an Ef of now 45% ... I walk 1-2 miles every morning on a flat track. My problem is when I get home I am totally exhausted and want to sleep. Sometimes I nap for 30 minutes early afternoon,, but again at around 7 pm I am wiped out. When I go to bed at night I am asleep within a couple of minutes. Any advice.

Thanks

Posted by alisonp06 on 2015-10-27 05:18. 2 comments. 358 reads
 
Hello, Does anyone else suffer from sickness after exercise?
I am doing a few miles at a 12.5 miles a hour pace..... which is SLOW in terms of what I was able to do. I am 52 and have been passed for 7 years.



Posted by fox30 on 2015-10-26 15:19. 4 comments. 371 reads
 
By my current age of 76 I have fifty plus marathons and recently received a biventricular PM for a LBBB and a excise induced 2:1 av block.
Question - any one with experience with a CRT who has been able to run a half marathon ?

Posted by Sailfish#1 on 2015-10-26 03:26. 3 comments. 343 reads
 
I am 73 year old with early onset Parkinson's, had vasovagal syncope episodes and my physician believed a pacemaker was the course of treatment.
I had my pacemaker inserted about 1 1/2 years ago. Three
months after it rotated and the leads coiled, they tell me it is ok. I have been receiving PT at home for several months and my therapist suggest joining a gym. Can anyone advise me on what exercises to avoid and how much weight is safe to lift.

Posted by tonyfreddy on 2015-10-24 19:40. 4 comments. 342 reads
 
I am approaching 5-weeks post procedure. Have a device checkup next week. I'm hoping to be able to get back in the pool. Anyone out there a swimmer and if so, how long after your procedure were you able to swim again. I've taken up brisk walking/jogging, but really miss the water. I'd appreciate any feedback. Thanks.

Posted by Sam148 on 2015-10-23 01:36. 4 comments. 479 reads
 
Hi, I am struggling to understand what happens (occasionally) when I exercise. It appears that when my heart rate exceeds the pre-programmed upper limit (170bpm) and I literally collapse. (I get an immediate feeling of being cold, short-of-breath, weakness, heaviness, and have either passed-out or come in-and-out of consciousness over a few minutes.). I understand that the ventricular rate drops by half if I exceed the upper limit. What I need to understand further is - is this situation dangerous? It happened just last week, and my friends called an ambulance. Apparently I look very grey, was clammy and short-of-breath, and barely conscious, and they were extremely worried. By the time they paramedics arrived I was feeling less awful, ju...


Posted by casmered on 2015-10-22 14:43. 1 comments. 233 reads
 
Not sure if there is a rule on here or not for selling things, but I bought this device because I got a PM and my current heart rate monitor wasn't working with it. This watch has optical heart rate recognition in it done at the wrist. It works well actually and I think there have been a number of posts in this section regarding these and other devices people are using.

It is not a great fit for people with big wrists, which apparently I have??? There is not a lot of slack on the end of the band for me when I put it on and so looking to get rid of it. For what its worth, I'm considering the Schosche Rhythm+ optical strap that you can tie into your phone or other ANT/bluetooth watchs like the existing Garmin 310xt I still have la...


Posted by lisa123 on 2015-10-21 20:34. 3 comments. 351 reads
 
Hi, I suppose this might be a comment about exercise tolerance but I'm not sure. I was just wondering if anyone has found they are exhausted all the time. I am definitely near battery end of life but it hasn't yet gone into that 65bpm mode but what I have noticed, and I'm not even sure if it's lately, or just has been increasing over the years, is my level of exhaustion all the time. It's not like I didn't have problems with energy levels even prior to pacemaker implantation, even when I was very young, my dad would say when I was lying on the sofa when I was your age I was jumping out of my skin. I was never jumping out of my skin, although I knew that I could have a nap and then go off to do rehearsals for shows or whatever I wanted to d...


Posted by eva_rb on 2015-10-13 01:45. 3 comments. 425 reads
 
I am 17 and im not the most fit person but im definitely not incredibly unfit either, i'd say im quite average for someone of my age, i am a healthy weight, i do some exercise and i have a fairly balanced diet. I have been noticing when i do a sudden unexpected exercise for example climbing flights of stairs quickly, or running for a bus i sometimes feel very out of breath and a bit shaky. I feel it may be to do with my heart rate speeding up too quickly and that makes it harder when i start off, but once it is steady at a high rate it is easier to continue, for example when i was climbing a very steep hill i had to stop and catch my breath but once i had very controlled breathing and slowed my heart rate down a little, i was able to conti...


Posted by Pfarkas on 2015-10-12 08:46. 13 comments. 603 reads
 
Hi all pacemaker club members,

I am Peter from Slovakia, I am 31 years old sporty guy, I did a plenty of sporting activities (went to gym 3-4 x a week, martial arts, kiteboarding, wakeboarding, snowboarding and so on)
At 24Jul2015 I got my dualchamber Medtronic DR MRI device as result of SSS.

In september I started physiotherapeutical rehabilitation, to get the left arm back in correct movement, in meantime I was doing 30 minutes cardio on bike almost every day.

After 11 weeks yesterday I went back to the gym. I did treadmill cardio, also excersises with fitball and light weights.
It felt little weird after 3 months,but I am definitely glad being back :)

According to these fact, I stro...


Posted by athlete735516 on 2015-10-07 04:38. 5 comments. 445 reads
 
Hi. I am a 17 year old senior in highschool about to get my first pacemaker on. I am a varsity starter in football, basketball and baseball. I know I will have the two weeks recovery but I was wondering if anyone has had anything similar and if I will be able to play sports normally afterwards?

Posted by 1Hawk1 on 2015-10-05 16:35. 3 comments. 414 reads
 
I am told I need a CRT pacemaker. I am wondering what pacemaker is best suited for me. I am a runner, I run 5 miles most every day and have run many full and 1/2 marathons. which brand and why?

Posted by trailerboats on 2015-10-05 13:46. 6 comments. 478 reads
 
Hi! I'm a 25 year old who has congenital heart block and underwent PPM. I've had my Medtronic dual chamber pacemaker for a week now. My doctor says I can't have extreme arm movements as of now because my body is still healing.
I feel like I've gained weight because of just sitting or sleeping around the house for a week. I'd love to exercise (dancing and work out videos or jogging) again but I'm too scared to move with strenuous activities.

I have a few questions:
1. How long til I can run or jog or dance after my surgery?
2. When can my wound be soaked with water (e.g full bath at least 30 minutes - haha sorry I take a long time to take a bath)
3. How long before I can do strenuous activities

T...


Posted by oldearthworm on 2015-10-03 14:15. 11 comments. 328 reads
 
...anew as I am not 100% , and I am gaining weight ...158, 75 years and 5 ' 5" ... and two months post PM op .
last week on the exercise bicycle, I pedaled for 60 seconds before quitting ..
this week ..90 seconds .. its an Giant brand , using air resistance..
I detest exercising , I'd rather work , but work today burns calories NOT ..
This morn ... 172/60/60 .. this BP is too high ...

Posted by jhsoSWE on 2015-09-29 13:48. 6 comments. 321 reads
 
Hello
I got my PM today! I am a PE teacher in sweden with an activ lifestyle.

When I tech the kids how to stand on their hands or play volleyball, thats when I'm happy at work.
When I swim k after k in open water or when I'm kayaking in the archipelago of Stockholm, thats when I'm really at peace with myself.

When searching the web for info on my possibilities to go on with my life as before, this forum came up almost everytime.
This forum made it easier for me to accept that I nedded the PM and to understand that the PM does not have to limit me in the future.

Thanks!
Keep up the good and friendly work!
Cheers// Johan

(sorry for language issues)



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