St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-02-09 18:39. 3 comments. 129 reads
 
Any problems lying on floor doing chest press with hand weights ? or any hand weight exercises, I should not be doing ??

Posted by ldsim on 2014-02-09 10:11. 5 comments. 143 reads
 
Hi all, I have a ICD and I am on beta blockers. I have tried to stay in shape exercising since having it placed 6 years ago. Just recently I have developed a cough and weird feeling in throat after exercising. The cough lasts through the night and eases up the next day. My question is : does anyone have these symptoms and has a doctor ever diagnosed asthma. Several people seem to think that is the case with me and I'm wondering if an inhaler can be used with my medical history. Does anyone have same thing going on with them?? Thank you.

Posted by awj136 on 2014-02-08 07:12. 5 comments. 153 reads
 
I am 48 years old and was recently fitted with a dual chamber pacemaker ; so far, it seems that things are going well ; prior to my operation, I used to complement any fitness work that I did by using a TENS body toning machine.
could anyone please inform me whether it remains OK for me to use such machine's, after my pacemaker implantation. I would be grateful for any tips and suggestions.....

Posted by Stark on 2014-02-06 21:00. 7 comments. 233 reads
 
What would have been my 1-year anniversary with CrossFit ended up being a week long hospital stay. I collapsed at my toddler's birthday party and was airlifted to Atlanta. I had five episodes of bradycardia including two where my heart stopped completely that day. According to my doctors, I am in peak physical fitness for a 36-year-old. The cause is still unknown, but I now have a PM.

I spent 14 years In law enforcement with 6 of those years as a SWAT operator. I have been very worried that my life would drastically change. I'm a climbing instructor, kayaker, and CrossFitter.

My cardiology team assures me that I will be able to return to all my activities. Thankfully, I found this site and members like TracyE and Ch...


Posted by jfasoneholder on 2014-02-06 20:13. 5 comments. 284 reads
 
I had my pacemaker put in 4 weeks ago. My rhr prior to implant was as low as 27, regularly in the 30's. My symptoms were shortness of breath and I couldn't get my heart rate over 100. My training heart rate range prior to having these symptoms was 90-125.
My pacemaker is set between 55-130. I have found there is no relationship between perceived exertion and my heart rate. On a treadmill, it will go to 130 before I am breathing hard, and when I do an interval and push myself, it stays at 130. Then it takes forever to come back down, even when I am not breathing heavily anymore and would expect it to be around 90-95 ( based on old history)
When I went spinning, which was quite difficult, again there was no correlation between perc...


Posted by dangaydos on 2014-02-06 16:31. 10 comments. 292 reads
 
Had my PM installed a year ago and have been told by my cardioMD to avoid rowing machines. Does anyone have experience with adverse effects from certain types of exercises including rowing machines?

Posted by Milllls on 2014-02-06 14:02. 3 comments. 213 reads
 
I'm very interested in getting the Fit Bit Flex to keep track of my daily activity. Are they safe to use? I would most likely take it off before I go to sleep anyway, that way it doesn't interfere with my ICD.

Thank You!

Posted by carlynndv on 2014-02-06 10:36. 7 comments. 189 reads
 
I am a recent recipient of a PM/ICD. It has been about 3 months since my surgery and I was planning to go skiing in the next few weeks but am concerned about the altitude and effort that goes into the sport. I am 19 and have been going to the gym to rebuild my stamina regularly, but was hoping to get some tips/advice as to what I can do to prepare myself for skiing. This is all new to me, and being so young I wanna be prepared, thanks!

Posted by caiiika on 2014-02-06 07:36. 6 comments. 207 reads
 
My chest muscles are very weak so its difficult for me to breathe or even stay straight so i need to do some exercises. I have the pacemaker for 4 months and i'm wondering if somebody has experience with this and knows if i can stretch my arm above my head, pull weight or do any exercise on machines.Now i only workout my legs.(my next pacemaker check is in may so i will have doctors info then)

Posted by brushmore on 2014-02-05 21:43. 7 comments. 143 reads
 
I had a PM put in just this November for Vasovagel Syncope. I was an avid Crossfitter so naturally I was concerned what the future would hold in that regard. I figured at first I would never again be back to where I was before. About a month ago after I healed I got back into it with a few minor modifications and some very patient coaches at my box. My modifications are that I don't use a barbell in the front rack position, bench press with a bar, or do burpees.

After exactly a month back my box did a few bench mark workouts. I am happy to report I had a PR on my nemesis, Fran (I am more of a Corssfit Total type of guy). The only thing was that I used two 35lb dumbells instead of the 95lb barbell. My previous time was ...


Posted by shanb7 on 2014-02-05 17:57. 7 comments. 269 reads
 
Hi everyone!

I've had a pacemaker since I was 18 months old (I'm 23 years old now), and it was placed in my abdomen since I was a baby at the time. In December, I had the pacemaker replaced for the first time, and it was put in the normal spot for adults, right under the collarbone.

Before having the pacemaker replaced, I was really active. I ran a lot and participated in Tone It Up (www.toneitup.com). I'm back to running, but I'm really confused on whether or not I should still do Tone It Up. My doctor said I can do almost anything I want, but no pull-ups or anything like that. And my EP nurse said to stay away from push ups and the like, but that I could do yoga.

I guess I'm just wondering what kind of wo...


Posted by TJ319 on 2014-02-05 14:45. 5 comments. 149 reads
 
I had my St. Jude dual lead pacemaker implanted in mid November. Having recovered quickly from previous Prostate Cancer surgery and 33 Radiation treatments, I expected to return to fitness quickly once I was allowed to resume exercise. I find that recovering from a hard workout, such as swim, spin or run, is much harder than I have ever experienced. I'm 66, have always been fit. It now takes hours to recover when it used to take minutes.

Anyone have any perspective on this?

Posted by RDD on 2014-02-02 16:27. 3 comments. 182 reads
 
Thanks, jackcuoul, for your question to inga. Can't await her response.
Dennis

Posted by msmiilicent on 2014-02-01 14:53. 9 comments. 293 reads
 
Hello everyone,

New to having pacemaker 10 days... my doctor says I can now start to put arm overhead, but I have seen warnings about waiting 6 weeks. He did say no lifting or swinging for 6 weeks.. Have any of you started moderate exercise at this point? I still do not feel I have alot of stamina walking uphill or for long periods of time on feet???


Input appreciated....

Millicent

Posted by billcobit on 2014-02-01 08:17. 3 comments. 156 reads
 
Hi everyone:

I would like to extend an invitation. I belong to HEART, a free social support community for runners who have been through major cardiac events and interventions. We have a mix of pacer, valve, CABG and other types of heart patients. Our members generally participate in multiple support forums, but ours is different from many in that we also organize "in-person" group meetings for members around running events.

http://heartorg.zohosites.com/event-participation.html

It's very informal - we typically meet at restaurants, and run as members of a relay team or as solo participants.

We have couple of upcoming events scheduled in Cincinnati, OH and Grand Rapids, MI that you might be i...


Posted by RDD on 2014-01-28 00:02. 8 comments. 312 reads
 
I am a 71 y/o retired doc, lifelong endurance athlete, with aortic valve replacements X 2 in 1992 and 1999. Doing well until got endocarditis last fall and started into atrial flutter/tachycardia and got a Medtronic ADDR01 pm 3 weeks ago, along with coumadin. I am doing well and started walking almost immediately. It became clear quickly that this pm which has an accelerometer only will probably not meet my physiologic desires. It appears incapable of responding to any change in exercise demands that are not accompanied by an increase in foot strike pace. e.g., walking steep uphills will not produce any different HR than the same pace on the level or downhill. I understand that the Boston Scientific has a model with a minute ventilati...


Posted by NShelp on 2014-01-23 21:02. 10 comments. 215 reads
 
Hi guys, Im 17 and was given a PM about a year and 4 months ago. I used to be very athletic and in amazing shape, but along with getting my PM and being diagnosed with exercise induced asthma, I have gone into a downwards spiral and let myself go too much. I have gained more weight than I am happy with and I dont know what I should do or how to start. Im looking to train with weights to gain more muscle mass in my chest, abs, and arms, while at the same time lose some weight by running or something of the sort. I was 150 lbs before the surgery and 170 now. My goal is to get around 155-160 (with added muscle mass) by the 1st of April. Can anyone help me get on my feet?

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-01-23 17:43. 4 comments. 164 reads
 
Anyone use Kettlebells ? Any problems with the swinging motions ?

Posted by skubedoo on 2014-01-21 22:50. 6 comments. 324 reads
 
I was a collegiate swimmer and now a 38y/o triathlete who has competed in the Ironman World Championships. I've recently been diagnosed with Neurocardiogenic syncope and have been advised to get a PM. I've been reading everything I can when I came across this site. I'm weighing my options at the moment and am concerned if I will be able to return to the level of exercise that I have been accustomed to. Thank you for any info/advice.



Posted by canada on 2014-01-21 14:54. 6 comments. 308 reads
 
I'm 2 weeks post op and I'm walking 30 minutes to an hour a day. is this too much? I was a fit person before.



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