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Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-01-23 17:43. 4 comments. 165 reads
 
Anyone use Kettlebells ? Any problems with the swinging motions ?

Posted by skubedoo on 2014-01-21 22:50. 6 comments. 328 reads
 
I was a collegiate swimmer and now a 38y/o triathlete who has competed in the Ironman World Championships. I've recently been diagnosed with Neurocardiogenic syncope and have been advised to get a PM. I've been reading everything I can when I came across this site. I'm weighing my options at the moment and am concerned if I will be able to return to the level of exercise that I have been accustomed to. Thank you for any info/advice.



Posted by canada on 2014-01-21 14:54. 6 comments. 316 reads
 
I'm 2 weeks post op and I'm walking 30 minutes to an hour a day. is this too much? I was a fit person before.

Posted by GeorgeJoseph on 2014-01-19 21:08. 9 comments. 220 reads
 
Hi all,
So glad i discovered this site. A month ago, i was training for the St. Louis Marathon and become concerned about how short of breath i was. I was diagnosed with a 3rd Degree AV Block and received a pacemaker a couple days later. I'm in my late 40's, and i depended on my marathon/half marathon training to keep me in shape and keep the weight off. I'd love to hear from anyone who had any similar experiences...positive or negative....as they rediscovered how to get running again. Thanks. George

Posted by Ricardobbtz on 2014-01-19 19:04. 3 comments. 149 reads
 
weight loss

I signed up a little while ago and I read some posts about supplements and weight loss, but Im not sure how to respond or if people would still be interested to answer them for being old, two or three years old already.

Briefly, this is my story; put my ICD 3 years ago, had surgery for transposition of the great vessels aorta at nine months old, however.

I´ve always been a "big" guy, the one people can call chubby and I really dont fit on that, I dont feel good with it, I measure 1.75m and weight 90kg, I have done exercises and run 10 km per day, in addition to "bodybuilding", u know, gym.

My biggest concern is bellly fat, something that can not diminish, not even after these yea...


Posted by haasrc on 2014-01-18 15:51. 8 comments. 257 reads
 
I have a Medtronic Pacemaker Model ADDR01 and wonder if anyone can tell me what the pacemaker output electrical frequency is? I am interested in purchasing a polar FT7 heart rate monitor to keep track of heart rate when exercising and understand that the pacemaker output may interfere with the polar monitor.

Thanks,
Bob H

Posted by canada on 2014-01-17 16:56. 1 comments. 134 reads
 
More info"\:I'm 11 days post op from a revision of leads 6 days after the original. I'm normally a very fit 72 year old with no heart disease history. One episode of black out 17 days agod and I have 2 leads in my heart.diagnosed sick sinus syndrome.I've started walking 15-20 minutes each day to in crease my tolerance. this morning I came in from the walk and was taking my pulse when I lost it ie couldn't feel it for a second and felt a flushing feeling in my head. My pulse rate then resumed normal of 72. My anxiety level is off the wall fearing another lead shift.

Posted by canada on 2014-01-17 15:01. 0 comments. 60 reads
 
Tokk a 15 minute walk on the level when taki9ng my pulse after i lost it for a second and had a flushing feeling..Pulse then returned to normal at 78

Posted by TJ319 on 2014-01-14 10:49. 3 comments. 153 reads
 
I recently purchased two items that have proven to be very useful as I return to exercise and general activities.

First I bought a MIO Alpha 1 strapless heart rate monitor. It is a bit pricey, but the strapless feature is worth it to me. Amazon has it for $149. originally listed for $199.

Second I bought an EvoShield ShooterShield shirt. This shirt has a pocket and protective shield that molds to the chest after being exposed to air. The shirt, with pad costs $59 at the EvoShield web site. It fits very nicely over the pacemaker site and offers great protection.

Posted by wayrobinson on 2014-01-12 14:44. 1 comments. 160 reads
 
Hi. Background:
In 2011 I had a aortic valve replace, ascending aorta and then a pacemaker due to the severing of my av node. All seemed to be going quite well and then I herniated my L5 S1 requiring me to under go back surgery. You see, I used to be a mountain guide and was the image of physical fitness. The last couple of years have really taken a toll on me and I am desperate to get back to somewhere near normal.
All was going well, both surgeries went extremely well, but since my back surgery I get extremely dizzy when ever I try to lift anything or even when I lift my arms over my head. Cardio wise everything seems fine, but I always feel tired after a work out. I am really wanting to make 2014 the year of full recovery....


Posted by RDD on 2014-01-11 21:39. 2 comments. 108 reads
 
At age 71 I have had my aortic valve replaced twice in the last 20 years and I finally had to have a dual chamber pm placed last week....as well as starting on Warfarin. I am a lifelong exercise nut, playing in the mountains and deserts of the Intermountain West and was pretty bummed to have to succomb to this latest medical invasion....I was SO pleased to find this site where I think that I have a chance of figuring out how to stay active in a reasonable fashion. I am only 4 days post pm implant but feel great and am walking several miles a day....hope to return to skiing and tennis by 2-3 weeks. I'll be sure to monitor this site frequently. Thanks all!!

Posted by PAMMY on 2014-01-11 16:37. 8 comments. 187 reads
 
Hooray - completed my first 10k post pm (having done several before experiencing 2:1 block whilst exercising). Managed to get under the hour - 57.30 - conditions were perfect - sunny but cold and no wind.
I'm so grateful to members on this site who encouraged me to have the pm, my cardiologist and to the pacemaker clinic technicians who put up with me ringing them up and got the settings in my pacemaker just right enabling me to carry on with my running.
I feel my life has returned to 'normal'!
Pam



Posted by PAMMY on 2014-01-10 14:41. 10 comments. 166 reads
 
Hi all

I am running my first 10k race tomorrow following pm implant last October.Just looking to completing it - not after a particularly fast time, however I will be pleased to get under the hour (ie 10 minute miling). Feeling a lot more confident now after several 'tweakings' at the Pacemaker clinic and building up my fitness over the past few weeks. Will keep you posted with my time (as long as it's not too slow!!
Pam

Posted by gulliver80 on 2014-01-07 17:31. 3 comments. 587 reads
 
Its been a while since I posted although I do check in from time to time as the site continues to offer so much nformation and support. I have an ICD for obstructive cardiomyopathy and generally keep well (touch wood!) but after coming back from a week boarding in the Courchavel I have a couple of questions which may be linked. The first being about chairlifts - quite a few of them had warning signs about those with heart issues as some chairs had what looked like a magnet at one side.... It wasn't until my girl pointed it out that I stayed well away opting to sit at the other side. Anyone had any issues with this before? Secondly, I have been feeling a buzzing sensation since coming back? Could be totally Inocious but wonder if this could...


Posted by jpetrae on 2014-01-06 18:42. 0 comments. 63 reads
 
Tattoo Man: My Aortic valve is a Tissue valve. A Cows valve to be exact. I too did not want all that mechanical stuff in my body. Your info let me know it is ok to do things. Thanks so much.

Posted by jpetrae on 2014-01-06 17:20. 1 comments. 101 reads
 
I am the lady who Posted yesterday "punching bag" exercise. I I forgot to mention that I also have an aortic valve replacement in June 2011 n the pacemaker in June 2012. I received lots of info. So I am wondering if it is still the same, for both. OK to use it but slowly n work my way up. Thank you everybody.

Posted by Bryony on 2014-01-06 16:42. 7 comments. 265 reads
 
I'm still waiting for my pacemaker implantation . Do I need to tell the cardiologist what exercising/activities I want to do after it? Does it make any difference to how it is set up?
Bryony

Posted by jpetrae on 2014-01-05 14:11. 2 comments. 129 reads
 
I have had a pacemaker for 1 n 1/2 yrs. I have gained 35 lbs I need to get the lbs off. I have a Kickboxing n punching bag combination. I want to know if it is ok to punch with the fist on the side of pacemaker rigorously as a exercise along with the footwork?

Posted by HoneyBadger on 2014-01-03 23:47. 6 comments. 356 reads
 
I had my pacemaker operation July 15th after episodes of fainting and a diagnosis of 3rd degree heart block and right bundle branch. For the past several months I haven't been pacing at all, or very little (less than 1%). The main problem that I'm experiencing now is difficulty exercising consistently. Sometimes I can run on my treadmill at a 12 min per mile pace without any problem, but other times, it's really difficult to get my heart rate up and I have to go slower. Also, there have been several instances in the past couple of months when exercise causes tachyachardia. I used to be a marathoner so it's frustrating not to be able to do even moderate exercise without my heart protesting. Anyone else have trouble with exercise with ri...


Posted by 1977Scout on 2014-01-03 21:21. 5 comments. 183 reads
 
Hello everyone it's been about a year since Last visited this site . I have st Jude pm since August 2011. Been doing a lot of jogging and biking. Anyway, I am thinking of doing a half marathon on February. Needed to get some advice from anyone who has experience with long distance runs. Do I need to watch anything? My normal ranges on heart rate while jogging is 125-148. My PM setting is 55 low - 160 high. Any and all advice is appreciated. Tomorrow morning I am doing 9-10 miles.



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