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Posted by kayak.eric on 2014-12-06 12:46. 5 comments. 275 reads
 
I have been getting more into mountain biking over the past year and would like a shoulder pad to cover and protect my ICD. So far all of the protectors I have found protect the chest more or are full on DH body armor. As I do mostly single track and some minor enduro style riding so full body armor is a no go. Does anybody have any suggestions for lightweight shoulder/chest protector for my device? THANKS!

Posted by wimw on 2014-12-04 03:20. 1 comments. 183 reads
 
I have some problems with my minutvolume sensor. My technician switsched it off. The problem is that working in garding, and other movements of arms generate a stronger signal than my breathing. So bending tie shoelaces results in higher frequency tthan maximum breating. Who is familiar with this complaint. I have a Boston-science W275.

Posted by Sullis65 on 2014-12-02 23:52. 1 comments. 171 reads
 
Upgraded on 20 Nov. I can't believe I'm walking 20 minutes a day at a fairly brisk pace and haven't had any angina. Anybody else have a favorable result like that? I couldn't't walk 4 minutes 2 weeks ago without a nitro.

Posted by Morris on 2014-11-30 12:50. 5 comments. 360 reads
 
It is 6 weeks post pacemaker implant. I was told that I can now go back to my former routine. I don't know exactly what I can do without injuring myself.

Posted by laterbabe on 2014-11-29 08:41. 7 comments. 231 reads
 
My ICD is a ST Jude implanted 9/11. Anyone know if it is MRI compatible?

Posted by casmered on 2014-11-29 00:08. 2 comments. 144 reads
 
Lifted pretty hard today and noticed hours later my heart rate was still in the 120s. It is 82 as I write this now, so glad it has gone down, but this is now 11 hours later. Normal for first few tough workouts after PM placement (6 weeks out from implant)?

Side note, I noticed I pushed PM to the point the 2:1 safety block kicked in and cut my heart rate in half near the end of the workout. I've had this part once before on the treadmill and they have since adjusted my upper-bound up. Surprised to hit it today lifting.

Any thoughts would be appreciated,
Ed

Posted by laterbabe on 2014-11-28 08:00. 2 comments. 147 reads
 
I injured my knee in Sept. Need MRI. I read where some pacemakers allow MRIs to be done. Do you know what kind?
I had mine about 3 yrs. ago. What can be done other than MRI?

Posted by Crabman on 2014-11-27 02:10. 3 comments. 223 reads
 
Nice to meet you all.
I read with interest your comments on scuba diving with a pacemaker. I suffered with atrial fibrillation and athletes heart and destroyed my sinus node and other sparking nodes in my heart.
My cardiologist was amazed that presenting with a BP of 125/150 I didn't have a heart attack or stroke. Just lucky I guess.
She told me not to do anything much for three months. Two weeks after my op I felt so good I went for a two hour crab freedive and loved it...felt like I had an outboard motor on my fins. However, I have been cautious about scuba depth...have been to about 35 feet briefly and felt fine. Does anyone have any experience with a Biotronic or any opinions?

Posted by rolson on 2014-11-25 16:37. 8 comments. 285 reads
 
I have tacky/ brady. I have s pacemaker for the show heart rate but I have a question. Does exercise make tachycardia flare up worse out more often?

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-11-23 14:11. 1 comments. 160 reads
 
I am looking for a new treadmill. I want a long stride because of being tall and I run a little. I am willing to pay.

Posted by elleirdad on 2014-11-20 12:47. 2 comments. 369 reads
 
I am considering purchasing a Jawbone UP3, which includes a sensor for galvanic skin response (GSR), commonly known as skin conductance. The product is a band that is worn around the wrist near the hand. It "measures the resistance of body tissue to tiny electric current to enable the capture of a wide range of physiological signals including your heart rate."

The only details about how it works that I have found are at https://jawbone.com/blog/up3-advanced-multi-sensor-technology/. It says:

"The visible part of the bioimpedance system is the set of four electrodes embedded into the flexible strap. All four electrodes work in sync to form a tetrapolar (4 pole) system. Two outer electrodes drive tiny electrical ener...


Posted by Nick.k(uk) on 2014-11-19 09:11. 7 comments. 376 reads
 
Hi all,
This is my first posting so forgive me if this has been discussed elsewhere.

I am getting conflicting guidance about when I can resume running following implant 6 days ago.
The hospital where the op was done I'm sure said ok to start back after a couple of weeks but not to go over the top. No swimming golf etc for 6 weeks.
Just had first PM check at another (local) hospital but they were talking about not even beginning to run for 6 weeks. THis was generic advice concerned with wires needing time to become embedded, not tailored specifically because of concerns about me particularly. (The pumps fine but the electrics were dodgy and I'm pretty fit for age and setting Personal bests a few weeks before implan...


Posted by kermiehiho on 2014-11-15 14:53. 4 comments. 523 reads
 
I was just at a hotel, using the treadmill because there was complimentary exercise room. I realized that because I was holding onto the bars of the treadmill (I don't usually use these machines, so I wanted to hold on in case I tripped), the treadmill was keeping track of my heart rate. I thought maybe the treadmill was using an electric current to track this, so, thinking of my pm, I let go of the bars. Of course by doing this, the treadmill suddenly detected no heart rate and started "freaking out," slowing down, and eventually stopping completely.

My question is, I know that people with a pm are not supposed to go on the fat analysis type scale with electric current, but is the heart rate monitor on treadmills, or even th...


Posted by DROG1981 on 2014-11-13 03:40. 4 comments. 547 reads
 
I STARTED CROSSFIT A FEW MONTHS PRIOR TO HAVING TO GET A DUAL CHAMBER PM LAST WEEK FOR BRADYCARDIA SYMPTOMS. IMPLANT IS IN UPPER PEC AREA ABOVE MUSCLE. MY DOCTOR IS NOT VERY FAMILIAR WITH CROSSFIT OR BARBELL WEIGHTLIFTING TECHNIQUES. HAS ANYONE ATTEMPTED CROSSFIT ROUTINES AFTER GETTING A PM AND/OR BEEN RESTRICTED BY PM DURING ANY BARBELL EXERCISES? THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR ANY FEEDBACK.

Posted by NormaLou on 2014-11-12 14:45. 4 comments. 530 reads
 
I had my PM check yesterday and my battery life is 8-1/2 yrs. I'm pacing upper 78% of the time and lower 1%.

I have not exercised regularly in the past two yrs. Just occasionally for about a 15 min. workout.

My questions is, would regular aerobic exercise help my pacing rate and extend the battery life?

Posted by mkaz03 on 2014-11-09 16:59. 3 comments. 708 reads
 
Before I got my pacemaker a year ago, I had had several episodes where I almost fainted while on the golf course. I would get dizzy and very light headed. They finally diagnosed it as Tachy/Brady syndrome and since getting the pacemaker that situation did not recur. That is, until a couple of months ago. They put me on a month long heart monitor in October but nothing happened during that month - just one shortness of breath incident. Today on the golf course I got the same near faint situation as before the pacemaker. My annual pacemaker check was last week and I was told all looked good. I had a number of occurrences of afib during the year but with 2 exceptions they were of very short duration. My question now is would afib (which I al...


Posted by advracer on 2014-11-09 15:55. 11 comments. 411 reads
 
So I am looking for any advice or even opinion on what might be going on with my pm while biking.
First of all I have a Boston Scientific blended pacemaker that is currently set on minute ventilation only, I am paced 100% of the time and am a runner as well as a biker. I have had it for 2 months.
Running is great, feels like normal and is getting better and better but biking is another story altogether. As an example I just finished a 70 mile road bike ride, the first 20 miles were fine, no problems than the next 20 miles I felt out of breath and my heart rate seemed out of sync, then that settled down and the rest of the ride was better but I still had bouts of high heart rate that would quickly settled down.
I wonder why t...


Posted by Frankenstein on 2014-11-07 09:27. 3 comments. 379 reads
 
Does a smart watch affect my pacemaker?

Posted by lmolsoo on 2014-11-06 18:17. 5 comments. 299 reads
 
Hey guys,

I am curious if there is any marathon runners amongst us. I got my pacemaker a few weeks ago, feeling better than ever symptom wise, also only a little tender around my surgical sites. I used to be an elite half marathoner and I'd like to get back into running since I should no longer be fainting into the pavement. If any of you have suggestions on starting exercises to get back in the hang of things that would be amazing to hear what worked for you. I haven't been able to stay on my feet while running for a few years now so this is my new chapter. Thanks for being such a great club, I value every post I read.

Posted by issikkulboy on 2014-11-03 09:32. 1 comments. 244 reads
 
Just bought a Polar Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor and I have a/an Viva XT CRT-D Defibrilator implanted. Has anyone experience any issues with this type of monitors. Is it safe to use?



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