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Posted by NMsnow on 2014-06-07 12:12. 4 comments. 230 reads
 
Good day everyone. This is my first post, joining just moments ago. I hope you are all doing well.
I had a Biotronic Evia SR- T put in on Feb 3. My symptoms were a resting hr of 40 and unable to get above 110 while exercising. An EKG showed a bad 'P-wave', so I had the 1-lead pm put in the same day.
My problem involves an erratic response to exercise (jogging); I.e. sometimes my hr stops climbing at 110-120; same course another day, hr goes to 180. Hr sometimes decreases when I exert more, and sometimes it increases when I slow to a walk. My breathing varies with hr, I.e. really puffing when running and hr stays low, and very comfortable when hr increases like I think it should.
I had a consult and adjustment last week, but...


Posted by NMsnow on 2014-06-07 12:12. 3 comments. 121 reads
 
Good day everyone. This is my first post, joining just moments ago. I hope you are all doing well.
I had a Biotronic Evia SR- T put in on Feb 3. My symptoms were a resting hr of 40 and unable to get above 110 while exercising. An EKG showed a bad 'P-wave', so I had the 1-lead pm put in the same day.
My problem involves an erratic response to exercise (jogging); I.e. sometimes my hr stops climbing at 110-120; same course another day, hr goes to 180. Hr sometimes decreases when I exert more, and sometimes it increases when I slow to a walk. My breathing varies with hr, I.e. really puffing when running and hr stays low, and very comfortable when hr increases like I think it should.
I had a consult and adjustment last week, but...


Posted by brenthopkins on 2014-06-05 12:29. 9 comments. 337 reads
 
recent pm (2 wks) very active,endurance athlete. 62 yo who is trying to intelligently get into a routine of physical activity(running for now) I realize swimming is out for a few more weeks. I have the rate response activated and am trying to hit that sweet spot with feeling good with run/walk on daily basis. Am i being too quick to get back to actvity? brent

Posted by tigerlily on 2014-06-04 19:50. 5 comments. 187 reads
 
One year after my pm implant, I'm still experiencing shortness of breath and sometimes pain in the middle of my chest with exercise - just walking for exercise or climbing stairs.
I've had my pm checked many times - more than is usual and they keep telling me it is fine. I have to go 400 miles round trip to see the dr., so I can't see anyone whenever this occurs, so I mostly just don't exercise. I have recently had other tests to be sure there are no other problems.
Any wisdom out there for me?
I've heard of having the heart rate raised to help with exercise, but don't know how that would help, since the pm only sets the lowest rate.

Posted by xplosion on 2014-06-04 12:14. 7 comments. 314 reads
 
the cardiologist treating my afib forbid chocolate completely. I occasionally still have some in slight amounts like dipped ice cream cones, but I know if I went full bore into a bag of peanut clusters I would end up with a least panic attacks and or another afib attack. Unlike most people who can barely feel their heartbeat, I could feel every afib beat almost like a pound in the chest, especially adversely affecting my sleep. I've had two afib attacks, one was converted back drug IV and the other I was electroshocked with the planks. Haven't converted to afib since I began taking a larger dose of Sotalol, but with my already congenitally low heart rate as low as 35 the cardiologist is thinking I will eventually become lightheaded and ot...


Posted by datianak on 2014-06-03 14:01. 3 comments. 169 reads
 
Wondering about using an inversion table also for my bulging disc and sciatic nerve. Does anyone know if it is ok? I have a defibrillator.

Posted by eastcoastcanuck on 2014-06-02 02:01. 6 comments. 229 reads
 
Any fellow runners, athletes out there?

Posted by PAMMY on 2014-05-31 16:49. 5 comments. 240 reads
 
Hi all

I have done 2 races in the last 10 days - a 5k last week and a 5 miler last night. In the 5k I was 2nd in my age group (don't tell anyone that there were only 3 of us in the category!) and won a fiver - whoopydo!). Don't know what position I was last night as they haven't printed the results yet but was pleased with my time - 42.55 ( just over 8 an half minute miling) so getting back nearly to what my times were pre PM. Just want to thank everyone again for your support and encouragement which helped me come to my decision to have the pacemaker (you know who you are).
Tracey - I hope you continue doing some running races - I'm sure you'll eventually get the bug!.

Posted by I❤spencer on 2014-05-31 15:50. 3 comments. 265 reads
 
My son just had a pacemaker put in two months ago. He is five years old and VERY active. I'm trying to figure out some sort of padding/protection to help with when he gets bumped. Does anyone have a favorite such as undershirts with padding or a pad he can strap on underneath his shirt? He's getting to start t-ball, and though it's pretty low key, I would feel better if there was something to help cover. :)

Posted by C_Martin on 2014-05-30 14:00. 10 comments. 364 reads
 
Hello! My name is Cayla Martin. I am 22 years old and have had my pacemaker for about 8 months now. I just started a fitness blog about what it's like exercising with a device. I will be posting simple workouts, awesome meals, and much more. Please go check it out! http://caylamartinfitness.blog.com/

Posted by GratefulGirl on 2014-05-27 18:42. 1 comments. 158 reads
 
So its been 9 months since my ICD was implanted. No need to share my story, as I have done that in the past. Update is I am doing Yoga 4-5 times a week, back to riding my bike to the gym 3-4 times a week as well. I wear a heart monitor when riding and keep a close eye on my rate. The emotional experience was intense and I had several EMDR sessions to deal with the PTSD. I will be able to drive in another 30 days from today!!! That being said- I noticed a bit of a tingle during yoga the other day near my collar bone and defib. I am not worried, just simply curious if others have had this?

Posted by natlat on 2014-05-27 17:19. 2 comments. 151 reads
 
Hi everyone, so what I thought was probable Arrythmogenic Right Ventricle Dysplasia (ARVD), after a ton of invasive tests and an MRI which showed I did not meet Task Force Criteria for the disease, after a second opinion by a specialist in ARVD who reviewed all of my records and even my MRI disc, he said it was likely hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HC) or sarcoidosis but not ARVD!! Thank God I got a second opinion!! Just got that today and sent it to my EP.

Anyways, avid runner, cyclist, female and 39. Recovering from ICD implant, been walking 4-5 miles a day until healed in a few more weeks. Also on sotalol, and I feel like a million bucks!! No side effects!!

Does anyone else have HC? or Sarcoidosis? if so, what are y...


Posted by cuhead on 2014-05-26 13:23. 2 comments. 210 reads
 
Hi all - it's been 18mo since my dual chamber PM implant. I'm a 37yo male in Texas. I've since had a cardiac ablation for a high-side arrhythmia (270bpm during strenuous workouts).

Through all of it I've been swimming 3x/week for about an hour each session.

I just participated in a 2 kilometer swim race on our downtown lake and placed in the middle overall and middle for my age group.

I also played 2hrs continuous pick-up basketball this week.

In addition to all of this I bike about 1 mile each way with my kids to their school in the mornings.

I had no idea I'd be able to do all of these things, and frankly I think I'm in much better overall physical health since before I got the PM....


Posted by JBM on 2014-05-22 16:10. 2 comments. 180 reads
 
I just finished about 45 minutes on treadmill at a fairly brisk pace of 3.5 mph and elevated incline of 4% - I feel great and no AF flutters to speak of -- the AF flutters seem to be mainly at night when I am at rest. Does anyone else have that experience ? Thanks --

Posted by brenthopkins on 2014-05-22 15:02. 1 comments. 139 reads
 
hola...i'm 62 with recent pm (3 days ago) very active normally and having much difficulty with less activity. cardio. put me in ipsilateral shoulder harness x 1 wk. i'm not buying it. need to exercise implant side to some degree, already shoulder is stiff and painful. i know need to keep arm<180 & no abduction. anyone out there come up with some exercises besides standard impingement exercises?

Posted by JBM on 2014-05-20 22:07. 5 comments. 257 reads
 
I am in my fifth week and doing very well. My PM is set so my heart rate does not go below 80. I am also taking BB for mild A-fib. Is 80 a normal setting? I will ask at next check up in a week,but curious. I do the treadmill and Doctor said at my age 74, do not go to much beyond 100 - or so. Here is the problem I have a hard time getting it up beyond 85 or so at 3.5 mph. and 5% slope - is the BB holding down rate. After reading other posts I think I have a pseudo problem,but any comments are welcome

Posted by Dawnie on 2014-05-20 17:33. 4 comments. 209 reads
 
5 weeks post pm implant and I got back to the gym for an hour with my trainer today.....and it was fantastic!!!! To top it off I managed a gentle 45 min session of karate in the dojo tonight :) on the strength of this I have signed up to do a 5k fundraising run on 1st June.
I am on such a high. Who would have thought it after being unable to walk the length of myself because of fainting and breathlessness...
There is life after a pacemaker and I can't wait to enjoy it :)

Posted by BLIP on 2014-05-19 22:15. 6 comments. 235 reads
 
Is anyone using a Hydro rower machine after PM implantation?
It is repetitive motion, but very fluid. I am gong on 8 months post and doing other exercises.
I was told to call Tech support for my PM, but wanted to pick some brains here also. It seems my questions are answered better on this forum.

Posted by stannita on 2014-05-18 13:29. 2 comments. 150 reads
 
I started back to the gym 3x/week, doing treadmill and machines. It is going on 9 months since implant and wondering why, after one week of working out, there is slight swelling just above the implant. Does not hurt but I feel the swelling. All recovery has been good so far, just wondering about this. Taking some time off with the machines now and will just do the brisk walking. Thanks for any info, Nita

Posted by gab521 on 2014-05-16 23:00. 3 comments. 211 reads
 
Hello,
I am 27 going to be 28 next Wednesday, and on Monday I am scheduled to have a ICD put it. I was born with a condition called Transposition of the Greater Vessels and had a Mustard Procedure to correct the condition. A side effect of the condition is a heart rate averaging around 40 bpm with it dipping into the 30s randomly throughout the day. During my exercise test it never got over 80. I also have a much higher chance of a lethal lower heart rythm, hence the ICD. I have always struggled with exercise and cardio workouts. I was curious if anyone else here noticed substantial increases in their exercise capabilities after having the procedure, and any advice on how to start exercising and what kind of activities I can do after...




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