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Posted by lcwr on 2014-09-28 13:34. 3 comments. 385 reads
 
Hi - my son has a pacemaker and he used to be in the marching band - he played percussion instruments so he used to wear the harnesses that carry the mallets (xylophones), bass drums, snare drums. Does anyone know of any harnesses that can be used that won't rest on the pacemaker area? or is his "percussion" marching band days over!!

Any info or any website you can point me to would be greatly appreciated!!!

Lisa

Posted by GingerVa on 2014-09-27 16:41. 7 comments. 383 reads
 
I got my pacemaker about 3 1/2 weeks ago and started a walking routine. 2 day after surgery about 1/3 of a mile, not far. Over the course of a week I got up to a mile and have been walking 1-2 miles a day. Since my goal is to run a 5 k race I decided to walk that distance today. I'm 60 and pretty fit but I am completely exhausted, could hardly make it home. It is how I felt before the pacemaker when I would walk a mile.
I'm pretty bummed out. I thought it was going to be a cake walk.
Is this normal? Maybe stick with 1-2 miles a little longer?

Posted by PaulFromSydney2 on 2014-09-25 21:55. 10 comments. 436 reads
 
Haven't posted in a while as everything going great. Exercise almost every day. Feeling good. Forget that I have a PM.
I do have a question though (admittedly feel guilty asking given so many people on this site are doing it tough and this is trivial!)

At my last check up I had my upper HR changed to allow it to get to 160bpm (from max 130). Alas I can't get my HR anywhere near this.
When running it sits / maxes between 120 and 130. Admittedly not sprinting but still at a reasonable 5min 40sec per km pace. I have even done some hill training and it peaks at 130.
I have read that you should have a peak HR at around 220 - age (for males). For me this would be 167.

My question is what is normal. How does ...


Posted by MonicaNYC on 2014-09-24 20:48. 4 comments. 227 reads
 
Just over two months from my pacemaker surgery, and I have a new goal. Determined to be my doctors first pacemaker patient to run any type of marathon, 1/2 or otherwise. Granted I have an unfair advantage over the competition, being in my 40s and on average decades younger, but it's good to have goals :) Several runs down (albeit slow as molasses to stay within my doctors HR guidelines), still feeling good. First hurdle in sight, 5 mile Turkey Trot!

Posted by eva_rb on 2014-09-23 17:04. 1 comments. 266 reads
 
Since my last few appointments, (around the last year while my resting bpm has been 55) i have noticed that when i do physical activity, even something as small as a brisk walk (even when it's cold) can lead me to get quite hot and sweat (not a lot but more than i would expect) even though i don't get physically tired from it and i was wondering if this could be something to do with the sensitivity of my pacemaker. for example maybe if it is a bit too sensitive then i could be getting the same chemicals and volume of sweat as a normal person would expect when exerting themselves much more because my heart rate is fooling the rest of my body into thinking i am. i have also noticed that if i am talking while i walk i sometimes get slightly ...


Posted by lhogue on 2014-09-23 13:13. 7 comments. 303 reads
 
Hello,
I've read a few posts that people are having problems with their HR monitors. I was just thinking that I needed a new strap. I've only had my PM in for two weeks (getting staples removed today). My pm is set for 50 and will help me reach 140. I don't seem to go over 70 on a 4 mile walk. Today it dropped to 38 but it's not supposed to go below 50. Anyone else have problems with it not picking up your rate? Second question. How long do I have to wait before I get to start exercising? I'd like to cycle soon.
Thanks for any feedback!

Posted by Sparkle on 2014-09-22 00:16. 5 comments. 399 reads
 
Hello everyone. I am 62 yr female and was fitted with a CRT-D quad in July this year. I was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy in June 2000 after contracting a virus. For the last 14 years I have continued with my exercise (boxing, spin, pilates and running). I participate in fun runs with my 4 brothers 3 sisters, 3 grown up children and 2 grandchildren now run. When I competed in my last 10k Fun Run in July noticed half way through run I couldnt feel my legs and was exhausted and had to walk last 2km to the finish line. (72 min). On my yearly checkup cardiologist found my heart was going into heart failure as had E.F. of 28. Surgeonr told me he would fit the PM so I could run, however a month after checkup told me he doesn't want...


Posted by roballen46 on 2014-09-20 19:20. 2 comments. 279 reads
 
I exercised for the first time. My exercise was not the walk I take daily but one in which I decided to see what I can do. I played basketball. I ran for at least 2 minutes straight with the only side effect of weak legs. I was recently fitted with a biventricular pacemaker. That extra lead made all the difference in the world as far as having more air and less side effects of chf

Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-09-20 15:43. 7 comments. 242 reads
 
10K This morning felt pretty good, tough course.


You all are probably getting tired of my post, anyway.
2nd race in four days another 1st place in old men division : ).

And I think back last Nov 22 pasted out (6th time), went to DR two days later with a hr of 37. NO Running or biking 4 months (testing time). PM 2-24-14 couple minor adjustments, last adjustment about 2 months ago. I can say I am a runner & biker. 100 mile ride next weekend, 1/2 Marathon 3 weekends away.

Link to race
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/594848563


Posted by Cycler on 2014-09-20 00:01. 7 comments. 307 reads
 
Been fussing with a torso mounted sensor (for cycling), only to discover that transmission isn't reliable because, I'm told, pacemakers interfere with HM sensors(?)

I didn't know that!!! Although both the heart and pacemakers emit electrical impulses, I figured that, if your ICD isn't pacing or fibbing you, it isn't emitting anything. Yes? No?

Regardless, any reliable sensor recommendations (wrist based as opposed to torso?)... that'll transmit preferably to a handlebar mounted display? Thanks!

Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-09-18 07:57. 6 comments. 237 reads
 
Finally : ),
5K last night almost feeling like a runner again.
1st in age group and it was more than me in the group ;)
Felt great after the run, I have a 10K this Saturday and i am feeling ready

link to my stats from Garmin connect for last night

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/593050293

Posted by airwayotto on 2014-09-18 01:19. 17 comments. 400 reads
 
I have had a pacemaker for 7 years and this year had it replaced.

I ran for years with only modest success but now have switched to bicycling. I am having a hard time keeping up with others despite a fairly rigorous exercise program.

I suspect my pm is holding me back. However, my doctor has not been very good about explaining its settings and the choices I have.

Where else can I get information? I presume the manufacturer will simply refer me back to the doctor. who else is knowledgeable?

I really want to have more fun riding and keeping up with others in my age group (60'ish).

Posted by 1radoncman on 2014-09-14 18:44. 4 comments. 287 reads
 
I am having a pacemaker on the Thursday at Duke university nc
I have had low pr. In the area of into the 30s and delays of4 seconds betw beats.
I am very nervous. Male, 63, swimmer.
I understand I must wait 6 weeks b4 swimming again
Been having increase trouble sleeping scared that the ticker will stop at night b4 the procedure.
Any advice is appreciated

Posted by JRTKD on 2014-09-14 18:11. 12 comments. 372 reads
 
Hi, Need some advice before I call the clinic in the morning.

Had a second aortic valve replacement in July, unfortunately had complete heart block after surgery and ended up needing a pacemaker.

I am a martial artist, competitive and instructor, tae kwon do and boxing etc as well as running, assault courses etc.

After all clear from surgeon I began training again last week but when running found I was hitting a wall and getting out of breath and dizzy.

Tried to train through it figuring i was just unfit again but no avail.

Strapped on my old heart monitor and found that I was hitting about 170 bpm and then heart rate was dropping back 90-80 and then settling at 70 for a maybe 30 secs...


Posted by Kajira on 2014-09-14 12:57. 1 comments. 253 reads
 
Hello...I have had my Medtronic pacemaker for 2 years and it is only supposed to work when I am sleeping or when my heart rate is less than 60BPM...But I have noticed that when I do any sports, during the first 10-15 min. or so in the warm up phase my "heart" or something that feels like that LOL starts to flutter a bit and the feeling is mirored also in my throat....It is a kind of twitching/ tremble feeling...Not painfull and causes me no problems except to make me nervous! It always goes away after I am warmed up...It can also happen when I stand up after long sitting and walk fast down the long hallway at work.
Does anyone else have this? My Dr. does not think it is important LOL But he also didn't think I needed a pacemaker f...


Posted by Goodboy123 on 2014-09-12 16:54. 2 comments. 199 reads
 
Question for anyone who can answer it, I have a pacemaker in my abdomen put in at birth and since I have started going swimming in deep water at the indoor pool I get a tightness in my chest after exerting myself so my question is that if that's normal or is it even related to the pacemaker at all? BTW I am twelve and just started to learn to swim.

ps- Should I consult a Dr. and should I continue swimming.

Posted by curiousjbird on 2014-09-11 13:29. 6 comments. 316 reads
 
Hi, everyone, first off, great site! I got my device unexpected 6 days ago. Went in for a treadmill test, but even before I got on the treadmill I fainted and they saw my heart stopped beating for a bit. The phrase I heard repeated over and over the next few hours was "10 second pause". My cardiologist was there and told me I was getting a pacemaker. Lot to absorb (I'm only 41 and have only had one other fainting spell in the last year), but after being stubborn for a bit I went ahead with the surgery.

I'm feeling OK, back to work, and trying to be safe but not get too stiff.

I recently started backpacking/hiking a lot more and now I'm worried that the straps on my pack will rub my device. Any advice from the hik...


Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-09-11 09:36. 4 comments. 218 reads
 
I need more cardio in my life. Getting the middle ....I was wondering about swinging arms in circles overhead constantly in cardio. Now I do arms overhead but not the arms circles. I always have tightness in that area is it my leads ??

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-09-10 20:51. 5 comments. 208 reads
 
I have been doing weight training for about a year. I use free weights, but only use between 5-8 pounds. I do not have definition in my arms. I would like that cut look in my arms. My arms are toning but its one big arm. Am I dreaming ?

Posted by bionicpulse on 2014-09-09 23:02. 7 comments. 268 reads
 
Hi, I'm was recently implanted with a dual chamber pacemaker for bradycardia -- about once every 6mos my heart rate drops really low and I pass out. I'm now paced at a steady 50bps. I'm in my 30s and enjoy vigorous exercise, in particular BJJ. (If you don't know what it is just think wrestling: clinching, someone pinning you on the ground, full strength pushing, pulling, occasional throws onto mats. No punching or kicking.)

I'm trying to evaluate whether it's worth the risk continuing BJJ with my pacemaker. There are many conflicting opinions online and even the doctors aren't consistent. Instead of asking for people's opinions on the matter I want to consider the question differently in terms of costs and benefits. I know the b...




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