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Posted by natlat on 2014-07-30 11:37. 8 comments. 406 reads
 
Hi, so I was implanted with an ICD in April. I am also on beta blockers. I am athletic and run. I suffered from a SVT while running prior to that and a fainting episode. I have scar on my ventricles and with every test imagineable, it remains undiagnosed. So I am back at running, with my trusty heart rate monitor. Not as much as before, and much slower, but happy and feeling good. My rate response for my ICD is now off. I have a little residual fatigue and my doc suggests we turn the rate rsponse on? I worry that it will get my heart rate too high for my needs. Does anyone have experience with this? And what are your general settings? My low is set at 60, my ICD begins to monitor at 145 and shock at 175 if it cannot outpace me....


Posted by TerryJohns on 2014-07-30 02:42. 4 comments. 302 reads
 
My PVC events only occur during strenuous exercise. I have a pacemaker because of 2nd degree A/V block. Sometimes during running, my PVCs trigger an SVT/AVNRT event. I've had an ablation procedure done that has eliminated nearly all of my SVT events. But, I still have a few PVCs during running. Immediately following a PVC, my breathing rhythm feels very labored and inefficient and usually continues that way until I stop. Usually after stopping, for as short of a period as 15-30 seconds, I can feel my breathing rhythm return to normal and I can resume running without a problem.

My questions: Does a PVC event make a pacemaker start pacing? And, is my PM pacing, the reason for the labored and inefficient breathing rhythm I...


Posted by aportice on 2014-07-29 22:06. 4 comments. 299 reads
 
I had a pacemaker placed 10 days ago. I was told to take it easy for 2 weeks and not put my arm above my head in that time.

I normally lead a very busy, active life. I run a horse farm and my daily activities include: carrying water buckets, walking fences, carrying 50lb grain bags, throwing multiple bales of hay, running, riding, and dealing with lifting all sorts of things.

How long should I be NOT doing my normal activities? It's killing me to sit and watch this Summer go by and it's only been 10 days. I don't want complications but would also like to get on with things.

Just looking for timeframes, things to be careful of, and things to NOT do.



Posted by TKDMaster on 2014-07-29 16:52. 5 comments. 243 reads
 
Hi I am posting for my husband. He recently gotten his PM after heart valve replacement surgery. His passion is Tae Kwon Do (martial arts) and is wondering if anyone has found a light weight fairly resistant pad for protection of the area of the shoulder where the PM is? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

TKD Master's Wife

I just want to see him get back to doing what he likes

Posted by Tattoo Man on 2014-07-28 10:10. 10 comments. 261 reads
 

................just back from my 6th Adidas 24 hour Thunderun weekend in the UK. Shatteringly hot weather,.. 3 X 10 k relay runs,..the second in the woods at night...epic. My team of seven smashed out times to give us 24 laps of the all off-road circuit. TR 14 is quite probably the most gruelling challenge in the UK,...2700 runners in all. Magic !

A somewhat limping Tattoo Man

Posted by golden_snitch on 2014-07-27 02:52. 14 comments. 385 reads
 
I participated in my first (official) 5k run yesterday evening, and finished in exactly 32:00 minutes! Given that the temperature was 30 degrees Celsius, I am really proud of this time. Heart rate was high, mostly max. CLS rate of 160, but also had episodes of 170-190bpm due to an atrial intrinsic rhythm kicking in and being tracked by the ventricular lead. It was okay - exhausting, but breathing was fine, and legs were fine, too.

The run took me up and down the "Ku'Damm", one of the main shopping streets in the heart of Berlin. There were 3000 participants in the 5k run, and 7000 in the 10k run, and along the track there were around 30.000 people watching. The atmosphere was quite overwhelming! And was what waiting for me afte...


Posted by PeteFindlay on 2014-07-25 08:02. 4 comments. 296 reads
 
I've just been signed off as ok to get back to skydiving! 10 weeks post-op.

Understandably, I suppose, my GP wasn't happy signing off with limited specialist knowledge, so I had to go back to a consultant (privately - not NHS. I'm in the UK). But he's now said there's no reason to seek any further specialist referrals for this in the future as long as the regular clinic checks are fine.

The only potential issue comes from direct trauma from the harness over the PM site. I'm sub-pectoral anyway, but will just check if I need some extra padding before I try anything - just in case.

Hope I haven't missed the British summer....

This now means that pretty much the only thing I can't do as before is b...


Posted by culver001 on 2014-07-24 11:50. 15 comments. 386 reads
 
Hello all I had my PM installed in Nov 2013. I am a 49 year old healthy women. I have went back to most of my activities. I do boxing workouts on a heavy bag. Does anyone else do this type of activity? I have been experiencing tightness around my PM. Its not overall chest tightness, like muscle soreness, its a tightness around the PM feels almost like its being wrapped up or choked.
Is this still part of the healing process? I am still in shock that I have this PM and feel when I call my cardio office they can't really answer since most of the patients I saw at the office were not in my age group or physical fit relm. I almost feel like I am wasting their time and bugging them with questions.
SO I am bugging you all and...


Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-07-24 11:05. 0 comments. 112 reads
 
I am tired of buying separate free weights. Can anyone recommend either Weider speed weight dumbbell or Bowflex Selectech dumbbells (these are interchangeable weights) ?

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-07-24 11:00. 3 comments. 156 reads
 
I am going to PT for groin and hip (not surgery, just injury). The PT told me misalignment, so stretching. One stretch is lying down, take big exercise ball in hands and stretch overhead and back. I notice that it is uncomfortable and its tight in the pacemaker. Does anyone have this problem with tightness ? I notice with my 2nd pacemaker more tightness because its smaller.

Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-07-24 10:56. 0 comments. 93 reads
 
Just a quick update

RR:
I think it is working great HR looks like it did before PM while running, went up to 158 at the end of the race. was up and down about 30 BPM during running. Took about 2-3 minutes to climb to 130 than the first hill hit 153 normal for me. Prior to the adjustment last week 150 was it.

Also prior to adjustment just could not get my pace/Running speed (not that i am at all fast) but could not run anything near what i should be able to do even untrained. last night was able to do about 1.5 minutes per mile faster than before adjustment. Like i said still not fast and will never be or really want to be any more.. But was able to feel like i can run again :>)...

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-07-19 19:18. 8 comments. 258 reads
 
I just got a dvd Beginner Yoga. Is there any moves you do not do with a pacemaker ?

Posted by WillieG on 2014-07-18 21:44. 7 comments. 470 reads
 
Hi! I have had my pacemaker for 4 weeks now. I am 61, very active and my only symptom was a thud in my chest when biking up steep hills. The EP study showed 2nd degree heart block. During the EP study, they paced my atrium to "physiological rates" ( which I assume are around 200 bpm) and decided I had Mobitz II and put in a pacemaker while I was drugged from the study. It seems to me that it could have waited as I could never get my heart rate as high as when they paced it, and I would have been willing to give up the steep hills rather than be stuck with a pacemaker the rest of my life. I was very sore for about 2 weeks and dread the thought of having a new one every 7 years. I feel anxious and depressed as I really don't understan...


Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-07-17 14:23. 1 comments. 266 reads
 
I have been lifting free weights, but just want to be sure I have the correct form. Is there a website that is good to show proper form. I want to get the best out of my weight workout. I only lift 5 or 6 pounds. Going to increase soon.

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-07-17 13:07. 1 comments. 190 reads
 
I am going to the docs Monday, but has anyone had a groin pull ? Not sure how I got it, but even fast pace walking bothers it. Any tips to help heal faster. Its preventing me from exercise.

Posted by momhead4 on 2014-07-17 11:11. 6 comments. 250 reads
 
Hi...I am 6 days out from having a PM implanted....I am an active, fit 70 yr old female...slowly realizing that getting back to where I was and feeling good is going to take time...anyway, my goal the first few weeks is to walk, like I have done for years...am wondering, how people use/deal with the ear buds and iPod???....walking for me without music just isn't fun!...any suggestions welcomed...thanks in advance...so glad I found this sight!

Posted by natlat on 2014-07-17 10:11. 5 comments. 297 reads
 
I am much slower than I was due to the beta blockers. Is it possible to get a little faster on beta blockers? What used to be 9 min miles is now 10:40-11:30 min miles. Granted I am happy to be running again, but the betas definitely suck the life from you. I am hoping my doctor will tweek the dosage slightly. I do need to be on them due to a sustained vtach which I experienced. Anyone else chime in on beta blocker experiences?

Posted by issikkulboy on 2014-07-16 19:04. 2 comments. 224 reads
 
Due to a MitralValve repair surgery that went bad I now need to have a Pacemaker implanted to improve my ejection fraction. I need more information on coping with and living an active life as I did previous to my surgery
Thanks in Advance for any feedback you can provide
Regards,
Luis

Posted by ChrisD on 2014-07-16 12:21. 10 comments. 421 reads
 
OK folks. I am now a Heart Rate monitor expert - just kidding but I do have some really good information to share. After reading a bunch of opinions on heart rate monitors, I decided to buy a Garmin 310XT. It uses a chest band to pick up the electrical signals from your heart (like most of them do) to measure heart rate. It seemed to be working fine; it read my heart rate accurately at rest so why wouldn't it be accurate when exercising? In fact the unit says it is more accurate as you warm up. I know some folks posted that the chest-band type monitors were either not working, not accurate, or double counting. When I printed out the plots of my heart rate, I could see that my PM increased correctly in the rate response mode, but dur...


Posted by Woody86 on 2014-07-15 19:50. 2 comments. 189 reads
 
Any one with a pacemaker had any problems using an inversion table?



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