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Posted by Decco on 2015-02-17 09:25. 4 comments. 320 reads
 
Hi,
I've just joined the club and found some of the posts very informative. I don't have it yet but its looking like i'll need a pacemaker. I'm 45 yrs old and very active being a Taekwondo Instructor and a keen scuba diver with a few half marathons and triathlons under my belt also.. My condition is an abnormal rhythm with normal function of the heart muscle itself with no tissue damage or disease. I'm not worried about the procedure itself as my father had a pacemaker also at the age of 37yrs! so i'm fairly familiar with this sort of thing. I am however doing some background research to pacemakers prior to a possible installation of one for scuba diving. Does anyone know where I can get a list of the manufacturers and the depth...


Posted by Lindafirth on 2015-02-16 10:34. 4 comments. 391 reads
 
Can you use sun beds with pacemaker implant

Posted by bhaynor on 2015-02-14 22:01. 8 comments. 464 reads
 
Just had a pacemaker installed two days ago. Will I be able to play golf?

Posted by wjs1954 on 2015-02-13 12:26. 2 comments. 255 reads
 
yes i check my rate off and on just because..

anyway i was thinking about HR % of PM being used..

There probably is no set answer just wondering what others are set at..

back almost a year ago when i get my PM it was set at 60 all the tme. i was being paced at like 90% i request it be lower to 45 at night, thought it would help me sleep.. Than i was paced about 75 maybe 80%. again requested a change for 40 at night, Rep messed up, set me at 40 all the time i was paced at 30-40 %. wnet back again now i am set for 40 for 6 1/2 hours at night 50 the other 17 1/2 hours now i am paced about 65% +/-. what are others set at and is 40 and 50 good?? My cardio Doc says she does not have many younger active peop...


Posted by mtntraveler on 2015-02-12 02:16. 2 comments. 302 reads
 
Hi,
I have been reading some of the posts and found the various ages of patients, and your return to exercise very encouraging.

I'm 31 years old and received my first dual chamber PM Jan 8/15.
I have tachy-brady syndrome. The bradyarrhythmias ranged from sinus brady and pauses to second degree heart block. I am paced 78% of the time, and noticed an immediate change after surgery with my symptoms. Recovery was going really well. I was able to go for small hikes and ride on a recumbent stationary bike, activities that I was unable to do for several weeks prior to getting the PM. This gave me a lot of hope that I'd be able to start returning to my passions of mountain biking, backpacking and skate skiing with the PM at th...


Posted by Charlotteis on 2015-02-08 21:50. 5 comments. 335 reads
 
Hi there, I know that there are some rides at amusement parks that say - no pacemakers - but are there any rides I can go on? Has anyone in this club gone on rides with their pacemaker?

Posted by PAMMY on 2015-02-06 12:35. 11 comments. 251 reads
 
doing my first Parkrun tomorrow. Going out tonight so depends on how I feel in the morning!

I have 3 aims...

1. to complete it without collapsing
2. to complete it without my calf playing up, and
3. to complete it in under 30 mins.

Think I'll be able to manage the first two - not sure about the third!

Pammy



Posted by cee on 2015-02-04 21:46. 8 comments. 351 reads
 
I am a 43 year old runner ( not very fast ) who had a pacemaker implanted in June 2014. I have a 2 to 1 AV Heart block, which means I block when I reach a higher heart rate, mostly on hills. I have been advised to run with a heart rate monitor, so I went and spent a small fortune on the Garmin band and found it doesn't pick up my pacing so it is useless to me. Can anyone recommend an accurate heart rate monitor watch or band? I'd really like one that tracks distance too. Cheers :)

Posted by JoeAthlete on 2015-02-04 17:31. 3 comments. 323 reads
 
Pacemaker Low Battery by Joe Chirco 1/2/15
I am an athlete. I have a pacemaker to correct a birth defect of a blockage from my SA node to my A/V node. I have no cardiovascular disease. I was given a pacemaker to correct this problem over 8 years ago. During the last 2 months the pacemaker battery was at its end of life voltage.
I was monitoring the voltage at the Clinic on a monthly basis. We watched the voltage declining but it had not reached its ERI. I cycle as an athlete. I cycle to the gym and teach spin classes. Spinning is intense cardio. Actually riding to the gym is intense too as I ride at speeds close to 20 MPH.
I know my body and my fitness level and what shape I am in. As the battery continued to dec...


Posted by TickTock-UK on 2015-02-03 17:59. 4 comments. 290 reads
 
Hi All,

I keep telling you that running is bad for you, here is a link for you to see/read...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31095384

Len

Posted by Shelby on 2015-02-03 14:18. 4 comments. 261 reads
 
I had my ICD implanted six months ago and begun exercising. I have started using a stationary bike, martial arts and weight lifting. My doctor has stated that I do not have any restrictions except having physical contact to the device area. The nurses state that I can not do any bench pressing or military press. I would like to read what others have experienced.

Posted by baza1976 on 2015-02-03 03:24. 19 comments. 479 reads
 
Hi Guys,

I got a Medtronic Scansure MRI dual chmaber .pacemaker implanted last April 2014. I'm 38. I was told I have 3rd degree heart block.
I'm due back this Friday to meet the pacemaker technician. The issue I'm having happens during running. Once I go below 9 min miles I get out of breath very fast. the only way I can recover is to stop and wait maybe 2 or 3 min. Then I can run again.I have ran up to 16 miles slowly with no problems as long as I run slow!! But if I try and do a quick 3 miler I can't do it. It starts with a weird "feeling" in my Stomach. Then I can feel my breath struggle. Then I feel my legs weaken and a very light dizziness in the head.

It used to be worse as in I couldn't run faster then 10m...


Posted by 1965rich on 2015-02-02 17:00. 3 comments. 170 reads
 
good evening everyone. I have searched previous posting but can't find an answer to this question and wondered if you could advise. I would like to buy a HRM which is just a wrist strap and not a chest strap. Budget is around £100 and needs to be compatable with a Dual Chamber PM. Any suggestions?

Posted by mg on 2015-02-01 11:27. 0 comments. 159 reads
 
Hi,
A few of you will have noticed I`ve been trying to cure my resting `funny feelings`. Needles to say I`m very happy with my exercise program and now after 12months of trying different settings I feel pretty fit .
One thing has come to light after the consultant suggested dropping me HR from 70 to 60 .
Basically when flat out my HR is about 135 (I take 1.25mg of beta blocker which I`m told has an effect of lowing my HR by about 10) so no problem there.
Previously at 70 following a 30min brisk walk my HR would be about 70/73 . Now with it set at 60 doing the same walk in the same time my HR is about 63/65.
I find now when relaxed I feel a bit `Dull` but on the positive side I seem to sleep better.
I would h...


Posted by dmedcalf on 2015-01-27 19:40. 8 comments. 396 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker only a month today. I am having a hsrd time accepting it. I have done CrossFit for 3 years and feel like it and everything I have worked for (my strength)has been taking away from me. Does anyone know if it will get better and ifvthere are any other crossfiters that have pacemakers are able to go back to what they were before the pacemaker?

Posted by bobv on 2015-01-26 08:42. 2 comments. 228 reads
 
I am a 54 year old male who, on 12/16/14, got a Metronic pacemaker implanted at the Cleveland Clinic. Today, I go for my first interrogation. I have ordered a shirt that has a protective device that is supposed to protect my pacemaker. The docs at the CC have told me after 6 weeks, no problem with playing basketball. I have been biking and next week, I start swimming again and then I move to basketball. Any help/comments would be welcome. Thank you.

Posted by coach6 on 2015-01-24 20:33. 16 comments. 389 reads
 
Hi everyone I am new to this club, but I am glad I found it. I am 51 years old and very active with running, martial arts and weight training. 20 years ago I had a right coronary arterial wall tear which caused me to have a heart attack. this left me with a left bundle branch block. Even with this I continued to compete in elite level sports, However recently I have developed a heart block that seems to occur when I get to 85-90% of my max HR so my cardiologist suggested a pacemaker. I am getting this in one week so I am wondering about the settings, as I have no problem unless I am exercising at a high level, but want to continue to do so. My resting HR is 56-58...any suggestions for me?

Thanks

Coach6

Posted by PaulD on 2015-01-24 16:38. 4 comments. 266 reads
 
I am thinking of getting a recumbent excercise bike with magnetic resistance. Should I be concerned with it affecting my pacemaker? I tested it using a compass and there was no needle deflection at all.

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2015-01-24 15:01. 3 comments. 204 reads
 
I do not understand ...I have been doing hand weights for about 2 years or more ...no biscep definition ! Why ? Is it the weight amount ?

Posted by JoshM on 2015-01-24 13:50. 12 comments. 576 reads
 
Hello Everyone,

First of all I'm glad I found this site. Many people here give honest and positive information. In particular I have enjoyed reading responses from TracyE and the knotguy. I'm sure there are other great people here too, I'm just getting started. I just had a single lead pacemaker implanted 1-20-15. I am 37 years old and I felt great until 6 weeks ago when I fainted. I have always had a low heartrate, but after many tests my EP recommended I get a pacemaker. The past 6 weeks have been very scary, surreal, etc.

Questions:
1. Does anyone with a pacemaker here shoulder press and bench press? I used to bench press 275lbs for reps and shoulder press over 205lbs for reps. I want to get back to...




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