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Posted by I❤spencer on 2014-05-31 15:50. 3 comments. 231 reads
 
My son just had a pacemaker put in two months ago. He is five years old and VERY active. I'm trying to figure out some sort of padding/protection to help with when he gets bumped. Does anyone have a favorite such as undershirts with padding or a pad he can strap on underneath his shirt? He's getting to start t-ball, and though it's pretty low key, I would feel better if there was something to help cover. :)

Posted by C_Martin on 2014-05-30 14:00. 10 comments. 328 reads
 
Hello! My name is Cayla Martin. I am 22 years old and have had my pacemaker for about 8 months now. I just started a fitness blog about what it's like exercising with a device. I will be posting simple workouts, awesome meals, and much more. Please go check it out! http://caylamartinfitness.blog.com/

Posted by GratefulGirl on 2014-05-27 18:42. 1 comments. 143 reads
 
So its been 9 months since my ICD was implanted. No need to share my story, as I have done that in the past. Update is I am doing Yoga 4-5 times a week, back to riding my bike to the gym 3-4 times a week as well. I wear a heart monitor when riding and keep a close eye on my rate. The emotional experience was intense and I had several EMDR sessions to deal with the PTSD. I will be able to drive in another 30 days from today!!! That being said- I noticed a bit of a tingle during yoga the other day near my collar bone and defib. I am not worried, just simply curious if others have had this?

Posted by natlat on 2014-05-27 17:19. 2 comments. 135 reads
 
Hi everyone, so what I thought was probable Arrythmogenic Right Ventricle Dysplasia (ARVD), after a ton of invasive tests and an MRI which showed I did not meet Task Force Criteria for the disease, after a second opinion by a specialist in ARVD who reviewed all of my records and even my MRI disc, he said it was likely hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HC) or sarcoidosis but not ARVD!! Thank God I got a second opinion!! Just got that today and sent it to my EP.

Anyways, avid runner, cyclist, female and 39. Recovering from ICD implant, been walking 4-5 miles a day until healed in a few more weeks. Also on sotalol, and I feel like a million bucks!! No side effects!!

Does anyone else have HC? or Sarcoidosis? if so, what are y...


Posted by cuhead on 2014-05-26 13:23. 2 comments. 203 reads
 
Hi all - it's been 18mo since my dual chamber PM implant. I'm a 37yo male in Texas. I've since had a cardiac ablation for a high-side arrhythmia (270bpm during strenuous workouts).

Through all of it I've been swimming 3x/week for about an hour each session.

I just participated in a 2 kilometer swim race on our downtown lake and placed in the middle overall and middle for my age group.

I also played 2hrs continuous pick-up basketball this week.

In addition to all of this I bike about 1 mile each way with my kids to their school in the mornings.

I had no idea I'd be able to do all of these things, and frankly I think I'm in much better overall physical health since before I got the PM....


Posted by JBM on 2014-05-22 16:10. 2 comments. 165 reads
 
I just finished about 45 minutes on treadmill at a fairly brisk pace of 3.5 mph and elevated incline of 4% - I feel great and no AF flutters to speak of -- the AF flutters seem to be mainly at night when I am at rest. Does anyone else have that experience ? Thanks --

Posted by brenthopkins on 2014-05-22 15:02. 1 comments. 128 reads
 
hola...i'm 62 with recent pm (3 days ago) very active normally and having much difficulty with less activity. cardio. put me in ipsilateral shoulder harness x 1 wk. i'm not buying it. need to exercise implant side to some degree, already shoulder is stiff and painful. i know need to keep arm<180 & no abduction. anyone out there come up with some exercises besides standard impingement exercises?

Posted by JBM on 2014-05-20 22:07. 5 comments. 242 reads
 
I am in my fifth week and doing very well. My PM is set so my heart rate does not go below 80. I am also taking BB for mild A-fib. Is 80 a normal setting? I will ask at next check up in a week,but curious. I do the treadmill and Doctor said at my age 74, do not go to much beyond 100 - or so. Here is the problem I have a hard time getting it up beyond 85 or so at 3.5 mph. and 5% slope - is the BB holding down rate. After reading other posts I think I have a pseudo problem,but any comments are welcome

Posted by Dawnie on 2014-05-20 17:33. 4 comments. 197 reads
 
5 weeks post pm implant and I got back to the gym for an hour with my trainer today.....and it was fantastic!!!! To top it off I managed a gentle 45 min session of karate in the dojo tonight :) on the strength of this I have signed up to do a 5k fundraising run on 1st June.
I am on such a high. Who would have thought it after being unable to walk the length of myself because of fainting and breathlessness...
There is life after a pacemaker and I can't wait to enjoy it :)

Posted by BLIP on 2014-05-19 22:15. 6 comments. 208 reads
 
Is anyone using a Hydro rower machine after PM implantation?
It is repetitive motion, but very fluid. I am gong on 8 months post and doing other exercises.
I was told to call Tech support for my PM, but wanted to pick some brains here also. It seems my questions are answered better on this forum.

Posted by stannita on 2014-05-18 13:29. 2 comments. 139 reads
 
I started back to the gym 3x/week, doing treadmill and machines. It is going on 9 months since implant and wondering why, after one week of working out, there is slight swelling just above the implant. Does not hurt but I feel the swelling. All recovery has been good so far, just wondering about this. Taking some time off with the machines now and will just do the brisk walking. Thanks for any info, Nita

Posted by gab521 on 2014-05-16 23:00. 3 comments. 200 reads
 
Hello,
I am 27 going to be 28 next Wednesday, and on Monday I am scheduled to have a ICD put it. I was born with a condition called Transposition of the Greater Vessels and had a Mustard Procedure to correct the condition. A side effect of the condition is a heart rate averaging around 40 bpm with it dipping into the 30s randomly throughout the day. During my exercise test it never got over 80. I also have a much higher chance of a lethal lower heart rythm, hence the ICD. I have always struggled with exercise and cardio workouts. I was curious if anyone else here noticed substantial increases in their exercise capabilities after having the procedure, and any advice on how to start exercising and what kind of activities I can do after...


Posted by TickTock-UK on 2014-05-13 20:22. 9 comments. 361 reads
 
Hi All,

So exercising is bad for you..

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27389257

Athletes beware - endurance training may make it more likely that you will need a pacemaker, scientists believe.

A British Heart Foundation team found exercise in mice triggers molecular changes in the part of the heart that generates its natural beating rhythm.

This may explain why elite athletes have low resting heart rates and a higher risk heart rhythm disturbances, they told Nature Communications.

However, the benefits of exercising still outweigh any risks, experts say.

Len


Posted by foxy on 2014-05-11 21:55. 5 comments. 224 reads
 
Hi folks, nearly 6 weeks since I had my PM implanted. walking a lot but feel like jogging, do you think I can start now? Also ,I want to start light gym work outs, what do you think?

Posted by foxy on 2014-05-11 21:55. 1 comments. 107 reads
 
Hi folks, nearly 6 weeks since I had my PM implanted. walking a lot but feel like jogging, do you think I can start now? Also ,I want to start light gym work outs, what do you think?

Posted by OL-Man on 2014-05-10 23:30. 5 comments. 376 reads
 
I was told by the doctor I had a short between my heart and brain that sent a electrical charge. Now you guys say there is no such thing. Well this is what happened,One saturday morning in January,while making breakfast, I passed out on the floor. I thought no big deal I am low sugar. I ate a small chocolate and continued with my day.At 4P.M; in the afternoon ,while playing a game with my grangkids, I passed out again. This time,when I woke up I was very weak. By the time they got me dressed and put into the car , I passed out again.
For 5 hours, I never passed out again, in the emergency room. They put me in I.C.U. and ran every test you can imagine on me. For 3 days I passed out 6 to 7 times a day with no trigger we could find. But...


Posted by OL-Man on 2014-05-09 15:23. 3 comments. 109 reads
 
Thanks for all the responses from my questions.
My PM is on the lleft side and I am left handed, so I will learn to shoot right handed.I will find a small pad and lower the amount of things I take with me. Maybe the scouts can help carry some of the cooking and food stuffs. I tend to do more then I need to ,then to ask others to help.I won't ask anything of someone that Iwon't do mtself.
I will repack my pack and do some hiking with my SPL (that's the Senior Patrol.Leader) a couple of campouts close to home and see how it goes.

Thanks again.

Posted by OL-Man on 2014-05-09 01:46. 6 comments. 200 reads
 
I am a recent Pacemaker victum.I have been an active Hiker, Hunter, camper, and Boy Scout Leader for many years.Now my doctor says I cannot shot anymore and not able to carry a backpack.

i know I am not along.My question, has a backpack been made for our comfort, and use?
My PM was installed because I have an under developed nerve from my brain to the hesrt,It is not sending the proper electrical charge all the time.Outer than that ,I am a very health old man. I have a new Boy Scout Troop and donot waant this PM to slow me down.Is there a company that makes a pack for me?

Posted by cheshirealice on 2014-05-08 16:46. 3 comments. 134 reads
 
Background: I'm 27 yo and have SSS bradycardia and Tetralogy of Fallot. 6 weeks post-op since getting my pacemaker.

My EP suggested a change of brand from Medtronic to a dual sensing Boston Scientific. I didn't think this would make much difference but I exercised yesterday and I ran a 12 minute mile without gasping for air. I thought gasping while exercise was normal but apparently it's not. For the first time in 27 years I want to be active. This PM has made my life so much better and I'm excited that I'm not limited by how fast my heart beats or how little air gets through my system. Third PMs the charm :) (Also, this sub-pec placement is amazing. I can't see it and I'm all healed up now.)

Posted by Charliepro on 2014-05-08 09:36. 9 comments. 242 reads
 
Hi,I`m 52 year old male and active all my life and like riding my bike.I`ve been fitted with PM about 3 months ago and have the PM set at 50-175 BPM with rate response switched on.When exercising(bike/run) I cannot get HR passed 138 BPM on the road and indoors.Anyone out there with same problem?And how can I get a better response out of PM?

Thanks a lot



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