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Posted by kiwi1 on 2015-09-20 20:31. 3 comments. 343 reads
 


my cardiologist tried to convince me that what i was experiencing was expected ..normal recovery behavior. but i’d spent much of my waking hours (and sleeping one too) trying to find out why i could not walk w.o. a racing pulse and therefor chest pain, while neither occurred with strenuous cycling. he said “different muscles” i knew that was a load. with heart issues i’d get angina on the bike too ...”i’ve had patients with similar ... takes time ...” didn't ring true since i'd been active -even hyperactive-- before this.

short story:
it was a simple adjustment of the “activity threshold” (AT) that determines the exercise level at which the pacer kicks in. of course it's described in term lik...


Posted by Buz on 2015-09-12 14:37. 1 comments. 365 reads
 
Hi new address from old member, some reason I can't get on with old password. Anyhow a little background have had pacer for 8.5 years. I have had problem with heart monitor showing double the actual hr,well not a problem a nuisance. I discovered that if, when it occurs, I press on either l or r carotid as if checking pulse, hold it not real hard! And watch the h r slowly drop back to normal. When I release it slowly goes back up to double. After several times then it will stay at normal. Interesting! From what I have heard from others that use a h r monitor it does not occur only on people with pacers. When it first started for me was right after I received the pacer really confused my cardio doc! He told me I had afib and had to go on bl...


Posted by Bateslax on 2015-09-08 18:10. 3 comments. 366 reads
 
It's been a few years since I've been back to the site. I'm on my third PM. Have run three marathons, two Boston Marathons; two last year in 2014 ( Boston and Newport with my kids.) Taking up road cycling and rode the 175 mi MS Bike Challenge this July '15. In the past 19 mos. have logged over 2800 miles riding or running. So don't get it in your mind that having a PM should hold you back. Playing in an alumni lacrosse game this October at Bates college against one of my sons ( also an alum ). Haven't had any issues with pacing in any of these activities, so didn't even know there was a motion sensor issue. .

Posted by Gmomey on 2015-09-07 01:46. 2 comments. 446 reads
 
hello all, I am very new to this site. My defibrillator has been in now for four weeks, I was just wondering how long before I could go back to playing golf,and exercising again.

Posted by wantok on 2015-09-04 13:58. 3 comments. 396 reads
 
After exercising I sometimes have an elevated pulse for hours where my heart rate doubles and stays around 120; in other words, it does not normally recover. This has been checked out by my cardiologist and it seems not to be a dangerous rhythm, but my question is: does the Medtronic Enrhythm I have note this change if it is just an elevated pulse? (So I shouldn't call this an "arrythmia"?)

Thanks.

Posted by greyfox on 2015-09-02 23:47. 13 comments. 661 reads
 
I've had a dual chamber Medtronics PM since 2008. In 2010, I received a catheter ablation, which leaves me atrium 100% paced from 70-130bpm. I have normal in-heart electrical pathways between upper and lower chambers. My issue is cycling, which I took up about a year ago. Most of our riding is road bike on paved roads. Bottom line is I get very little rate increase as we ride. I rarely see the rate rise above 104 bpm. On hills as I climb, the PM will actually slow me to 90-94 bpm when I need to do just the opposite. Coming out of the saddle sometimes helps, but that's a huge energy waster. If we are on gravel, I fare a little better. But... on those hills, my legs frequently run out of gas and I'm watching everyone pull away as I slowly cl...


Posted by Helotail on 2015-09-01 18:36. 3 comments. 617 reads
 
Hi Everybody,
I have had my pacemaker almost 3 weeks for Sick Sinus Syndrome. I am a 46 year old female who exercised a lot before by pacemaker and was encouraged by my cardiologist to exercise on a regular basis. I have been doing some low-impact cardio, like the elliptical and indoor cycle. The problem I have is that I get very dizzy after I stop exercise.

Has anyone else had this problem? I thought the pacemaker would stop the dizzy spells.
Thank you in advance!
K

Posted by Donkong on 2015-08-30 06:23. 3 comments. 479 reads
 
I had an AICD implanted June of this year, after 3 bouts of receiving a shock, my medicine has seemed to smooth things out. When I do anything physical, walking around, climbing stairs, I feel strange. Sort of light headed, sometimes some shortness of breath. Has anyone else had similar issues? Just wondering how normal this is

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2015-08-29 01:51. 4 comments. 575 reads
 
I want to get a fitness tracker, can anyone tell me how the Fitbit Charge is or the Fitbit Charge HR is ? Thanks, Laurie

Posted by alder343 on 2015-08-26 00:22. 3 comments. 458 reads
 
I'm 91 yrs young. Just had my PM installed a week ago 8/17/15.
So far no problems.
I was glad to see the article by Artist on 8-25-2015 about sleep apnea.
My apnea test some three weeks ago indicated 40 missed breaths an hour,
I just received my apnea machine. Its uncomfortable to use. Am wondering about taking the test again. Will be asking my doctor this next week or so,

One remaining question. Any other golfers had a recent PM and how long before they were back to golfing???

I'm anxious to get playing again. Bob A

Posted by Andyfoo on 2015-08-24 14:00. 9 comments. 623 reads
 
This is my 6th day after having my PM installed. Prior to this I have been going to the gym almost everyday doing cardio like stationery biking & some mild weights like 60lbs for bench press, 30lbs for biceps, etc more for keeping fit than anything else. I was cautioned not to indulge in weights anymore as it might damage the wires in the body,etc. I just wonder if anyone has done weight training after installing a PM. It will be a wonderful piece of info if anyone can help share their experience.

Posted by Jane21 on 2015-08-20 20:12. 11 comments. 771 reads
 
Hi
I am 55 and now 4 weeks post PM implant (Medtronic dual chamber) and am starting to feel more like me again. I had level 3 heartblock and the PM was fitted as an emergency procedure.
I wasn't very fit before the PM was fitted, although I was active before all this kicked off - it's been developing for about 4 months and as I only had 2 hours notice prior to the op, didn't really have too much time to understand what was happening.
I have to say my technicians have been great since - they got me back in as I was feeling awful, put me on the treadmill and tweeked the PM. They have also tried to answer my many and probably stupid (at times) questions.
I'm still struggling to take it all on board though.
I can ...


Posted by Ttworek on 2015-08-15 11:45. 2 comments. 452 reads
 
Are there any yogi out there?

I'm only 8 weeks post op from my PM, I'm wondering what I can do to get back into yoga, I feel like it's pushing things , but im so keen to start back, even with adjusted poses?

Any hints would be grand.

Posted by pschmidt on 2015-08-14 02:30. 7 comments. 496 reads
 
This morning I had a Pacer implanted and am aware of 6 week recovery/limited activity time. However, I have been swimming 2000 yds 2-3 times a week for a while and hope to continue following recovery. I am 69 years young. Any comments suggestions?


Posted by pmclub on 2015-08-12 10:35. 4 comments. 522 reads
 
Hello Everyone,

I got paced (dual chamber) about 2 yrs back as i had Complete Congenital Heart Block . I have a question though.

Is it safe to learn swimming with the pacemaker. I did take some lessons, but i feel breathlessness later during the day.

kindly do advise if i should continue or stop.

kind regds
Raman

Posted by climber5 on 2015-08-08 13:54. 3 comments. 399 reads
 
HI Everyone, am scheduled to have an ICD implanted on the 22nd August. Any climbers out there still climbing as hard as they did before the implantation,,,or climbing harder? I'm 52 but am still pushing my grades :) Also, what about rucksack straps? Any suggestions to ensure the ICD doesnt prevent me from carrying a rucksack? Best regards from Malta in the Mediterranean :)

Posted by rcg1212 on 2015-08-08 01:39. 4 comments. 585 reads
 
I just had my PM put in May of this year - 2015. It's a medtronics dual chamber. I was cleared after two weeks to begin my pilates and exercising, but with limited range of movement and no weight excess of 5lbs until after 6 weeks.
I started increasing my movement in my left arm recently and now I have sharp burning pains in my left side at the PM site. The PM site looks great, incision is not red, or warm to the touch. It's just a sharp, burning pain throughout the day and night.
I called the doctor and they rechecked the PM and everything is working fine. They said the Vein that is feeding the main leed is irritated and swollen. I could try bloodthinners to reduce swelling or not do anything with my left arm and see if I g...


Posted by leethebarron on 2015-08-08 00:06. 3 comments. 351 reads
 
I am a backpacker. Should I have the pacemaker installed above or below the muscle to be the most comfortable when carrying a 40 pound pack? Doctor says he can put it in either place. Any backpackers out there that can comment on things to do to ensure the left strap does not irritate me or bother the pacemaker itself?

Posted by Eddiedowling on 2015-08-07 20:09. 1 comments. 391 reads
 
Hi there,

I was wondering if anyone would be able to help me out. I have recently (2weeks ago) had a duel chamber pacemaker fitter.
I have looked through all the do's and don'ts and they advise a lot of things. However I am 22 and playing football is a large part of my life, they mention that it would be good to get a padded shirt/ vest.
Has anyone managed to find a suitable one or where I would even start to look.
Thanks for any help
Ed

Posted by oldearthworm on 2015-08-07 17:26. 4 comments. 375 reads
 
July 15, 2015 , first hours of the St Jude two lead PM, implanted subcutaneously below the left side collarbone .. I was strongly(IMO) advised not to do anything but lay around like a vegetable for many weeks (about 8) ..
Yesterday, I used the Simplicity ZT1644 mower for 30 minutes , easy, no strain, 90% one hand operation ..
But, with the pull hard to start equipment (mower, shredder, blower, etc.) a different story .. this may be too much strain/stress on the left side shoulder .. I was told NOT to do any portside pitching .. for two months ..
At the Holy Spirit, there is so much stress and fear - primarily with pulling out the PM wires .. understandable, to an extent ..



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