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Posted by ac2526 on 2015-12-30 06:24. 3 comments. 530 reads
 
hi everyone:
Long time listener, first time caller. :)

I have a dual lead Medtronic PM implanted in mid-november 2015, to be followed by a revision surgery November 24 for lead perforating the ventricle wall and consequent pericardial effusion.

Doing great now, overall, but the other day, I tripped and fell HARD with outstretched hands onto a concrete floor the other day. It was a complete wipe-out. :}

My left collar bone (the PM side) is still pretty stiff as a result of the fall, but otherwise I feel fine. I'm thinking that the fact that I'm feeling ok is probably the best indication that the leads are intact, but does anyone know if falling hard can disrupt leads either in placement or by fractur...


Posted by Rosenini on 2015-12-29 02:26. 4 comments. 340 reads
 
Hi. I had my PM implanted last Dec 16, 2015. There is no pain in the incision area but there is tightness around it up to the armpit. I am already worrying that I might have a frozen shoulder. When can I exercise my arm to relieve me of this tight feeling? What is the best exercise or stretching for me. I am 61 y/o.

Posted by PhuBaiVet on 2015-12-28 20:22. 2 comments. 529 reads
 
Hello All,
I received a Fitbit Charge HR for Christmas and want to know if it will interfere with my Medtronic BiVentricular pacemaker?
Any help will be appreciated.

PhuBaiVet

Posted by Peyton on 2015-12-25 22:19. 0 comments. 270 reads
 
Hi guys and gals! My name is Peyton and I am a new recipient of a Medtronic pacemaker. Feeling better than I felt in years and am counting the days until I am green-lighted to run and surf again. Anyway, this is the best forum for anything pacemaker and just about the only place I've found for any info on sports, support, tech info, etc! If you are on Facebook then check out a page I made called The Wired Athlete. Feel free to post your stories, pics etc. I'm trying to get the word out that pacemaker recipients are not defined by circumstances and continue to lead active lifestyles inside and outside of the competitive arenas. Thanks!

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Peyton

Posted by GeoffUK on 2015-12-22 10:50. 6 comments. 439 reads
 
Hi Everyone, Just joined the club, had my pm fitted 2 weeks ago 4th Dec 2015 . Not really feeling any benefit as yet , I suppose it takes time and a few return hospital visits for tweeking etc.
As a keen golfer i'm a bit concerned I wont be able to play to my previous standard. Would love to hear from other golfers and how it affects their game.


Posted by bseebert on 2015-12-21 17:52. 1 comments. 293 reads
 
My pacemaker seems to be different when i am on one elliptical vs another. An old one that has more "bumps" makes my pacemaker "kick in" and I feel better and can go longer on it. The new one or when i am walking, nothing helps and i am tired and have lots of shortness of breath. Anyone have this issue?

Posted by Smitten on 2015-12-20 23:34. 4 comments. 457 reads
 
Help, I recently went back to swimming laps after 30 years. My favorite strokes are free style and butterfly. I just found out that those strokes could tug on my leads on my pm. I am so upset and wanted to hear what other serious swimmers do. I have a very stressful job originating mortgages and my drug
of choice is excercise. Swimming has always been a love of mine and I fell back in love with swimming laps. Advise?????

Posted by Sunny70 on 2015-12-19 17:59. 1 comments. 314 reads
 
Can you fly in a wind tunnel with pacemaker? Need quick answer. Have a ticket for later today.

Posted by jfasoneholder on 2015-12-13 02:10. 3 comments. 543 reads
 
I am trying to determine if rate response optimization should be on or off for my pacemaker. I have an Advisa DR MRI Sure scan pacemaker model A2DR01 which was installed in January 2014. I am a 62 year old woman who is very healthy and exercise regularly but had bradycardia and my HR was as low as 27 and regularly in the 30's before my pacemaker was put in. My current range is 55-165 and ADL is 115. I am paced virtually 100% of the time. We have continued to move both the slope of the lines and my ADL and max rate up to accommodate my physical activity because I am in good health and I needed more from my pacemaker when I was exercising. I am noticing now that my HR does not get as high as it did when it was first put in and was told about...


Posted by Naveen on 2015-12-12 10:36. 4 comments. 411 reads
 
Hi,

On the 02nd of December 2015 I had my PPM box changed. The first box lasted me approximately 7 years.

I have since fully recovered with no discomfort / pain or any other symptoms which may be of concern.

Can I now go back to my usual exercise routine of lifting weights? I have been lifting weights from a very young age and stopped for about 6 weeks when I initially had the PPM installed in 2009. Since then I have been lifting weights on a very regular basis.

Alternatively, does it make more sense to start off on a lighter regime ie using light weights first for a few sessions now before going back to the heavier weights immediately?

Thanks



Posted by sco001 on 2015-12-11 15:14. 2 comments. 351 reads
 
My grandson age 15, ICD cleared to play basketball. Anyone know where to find an undershirt with rib cage padding. I saw basketball player with one but can't seem to get any information. He has special implant behind abdomen.

Posted by Dasser on 2015-12-09 19:53. 1 comments. 476 reads
 
HI hope all is well, I recently purchased a Garmin Vivosmart HR which has a built in Heart rate monitor on the wrist band just letting all those who are interested in this product that the device is very accurate while using. I have a Garmin edge 810 while I'm bike riding and this does play ( chest trap ) up a lot when I ride so I use a Polar FT 1 ( chest strap ) and this works fine. I hope this Information might help a few if you are deciding to purchase this product.

Posted by monkeyman on 2015-12-08 03:20. 2 comments. 313 reads
 
My phys therp had me stand in a doorway, palm against the jam, with my palm at shoulder height, walk towards the room sliding palm upward till you feel tingling. Hold for 5 seconds, then lower palm back to shoulder level, repeat 5x, twice a day.

Posted by MWM1963 on 2015-12-06 14:08. 10 comments. 416 reads
 
Hi there, I have just had a pacemaker last month and my 6 weeks is up on the 16th Dec. Can I go back in the gym and start running again? Bit nervous as not sure what I can and cant do? Please help.

Posted by firekurt on 2015-12-04 18:17. 4 comments. 497 reads
 
I noticed a lot of posts talking about weight lifting movements. After spending hours looking up information on the subject there's nothing clear about doing lifting above the head. Doctors tell everyone not to do anything because it's the safe legal route to the answer but I don't believe it's accurate. I understand the clavicle crushing. If it was so bad then there would be other things beneath ( subclavian vein and the neck muscle attachments) that would also be damaged. I'm thinking they would choose a better route if the potential for damaging leads was high. I want to get back to basic lifting movements but I need a solid answer on doing anything overhead. Has anyone else received better solutions then the DR giving the easy (technic...


Posted by Iwantmikenow on 2015-12-03 19:22. 5 comments. 533 reads
 
I just spoke to my cardio guy an hour ago on this. I had a monitor before my pacemaker that I would wear--the chest strap kind. Anyway, he was like....why bother? Just go work out and have fun doing it. I get his point, but I pressed the question and he said that the monitors will more than likely get confused when I pace and that it may double the count on the monitor by adding the pacer spikes. I should also stay away from the radio type monitors on the chest...makes sense to me. So I gotta ask you guys that wear fitbits with monitors; I'd like to go back to wearing one while I work out but I want to make an informed decision. Any issues to talk about here?

Posted by firekurt on 2015-12-03 17:50. 5 comments. 384 reads
 
I'm confused. My HR is low ~40bpm when I'm playing with my dog or out jogging. My HR should be high but it's been low during those times. My HR goes back to normal after a couple minutes after taking a break but I cant understand why I'm beating low... Should I have my settings changed? call a tech and explain?

Posted by ShannonMarie33 on 2015-12-03 06:15. 6 comments. 390 reads
 
I'm just wondering if there are any therapy type exercises that I can do to stop my muscle near my pacemaker from feeling so weird? I really don't know how to explain the feeling but there is no pain. I've had my pacemaker for almost a year now and this irritating feeling comes and goes. It feels like my muscles are too tight in my armpit area and pacemaker area, it feels like the muscles are pulling too tight on my arm, armpit, and pacemaker with any movement or even just sitting here. It seems like ever sense the cold weather hit here that it started. Maybe the weather has some affect on it? Who knows. Does anyone do any type of stretching/exersice to help this? Who else gets these muscle tightness or aggrivation and what did you do to ...


Posted by Lake Breeze on 2015-12-02 13:54. 6 comments. 430 reads
 
I have a 2nd degree heart block but doing well with my pacemaker for the past 5 years. My hubby wants to buy me a Fit Bit for Christmas but I want to find out if it's safe to wear, and doesn't interfere with my pacemaker. Any thoughts on this?

Posted by jjiggers on 2015-11-30 01:52. 9 comments. 536 reads
 
I've been doing well for the last few months. Changed to a low carb diet and the "spells" where I felt like I was going to pass out went away...Have had occasional times where I was light-headed when I stand up too fast or bend over, but feel that is probably normal at 68.

This weekend I went zip lining with the family...kids and grandkids had not been, I had. No problem at all on the lines, but started noticing I was having problems on the stairs going up to each new level...each was harder and slower and took me a little longer to catch my breath. By the time we made it up to #9, the last of the zip lines...I passed out...they had to send the rescue cart up to get me...My husband was checking my pulse on my fitbit and manually...




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