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Posted by ChrisD on 2014-06-18 20:11. 9 comments. 304 reads
 
I would like to get a recording-type Hr monitor for my workouts. Most of them use a chest band pickup. I have read that they are incompatible with the PM since they will likely pick up a double signal. I have heard about ones that have the pickup clipped to your earlobe. Any recommendations out there?

Posted by ChrisD on 2014-06-18 20:11. 1 comments. 106 reads
 
I would like to get a recording-type Hr monitor for my workouts. Most of them use a chest band pickup. I have read that they are incompatible with the PM since they will likely pick up a double signal. I have heard about ones that have the pickup clipped to your earlobe. Any recommendations out there?

Posted by kathyk on 2014-06-18 18:27. 4 comments. 229 reads
 
Not being overweight, what kind of exercise is best now? My doctor suggested only 2 days a week on treadmill, and am not sure why. What do others do? Thanks

Posted by Chdkate on 2014-06-18 16:26. 4 comments. 165 reads
 
Hi! My PM was implanted very recently- tried using my fitbit today, but it won't capture steps when it's placed on my waistband. Has anyone else encountered issues with the fitbit counting steps and pacemakers?
Thx so much!

Posted by alphab on 2014-06-18 13:50. 4 comments. 164 reads
 
Recently had ICD placed. Want to get back to playing handball (4 wall). Concerned about accidental bumping and possibly dislodging the device. Is there a flack jacket or other protection available?

Posted by ChrisD on 2014-06-17 17:46. 2 comments. 254 reads
 
I am on week 7 and have the Medtronic Advisa MRI safe PM. I am a runner and have been back to running since week 2. The default settings did not have rate response turned on and when my HR got to about 130, my heart became arrhythmic and the PM took me to 60. That is not a good feeling. Anyway, the cardio turned on rate response and things were much better, but I had trouble getting my HR above 125. When I went back for my week 6 checkup, he readjusted the RR parameters with the medtronic tech on line. When I run now, it doesn't take much to get my HR up to 153 (Max is set at 155) even if I run a 10 minute mile. It feels really easy, almost like I am cheating. I guess that is what blood doping is like for cyclists. When I increase...


Posted by Jardiniere on 2014-06-17 17:37. 5 comments. 163 reads
 
It has been two and a half weeks since my pacemaker was installed. My next appointment is at six weeks. I feel fine and am doing light gardening work. I just put a sports bra on and that is the most comfortable I have felt yet. Here's hoping it works.

I am wondering how much activity others have undertaken at this point in their recovery. It is hard to just sit around but I do worry that I am overdoing it. I walk a lot and am doing anything that does not require putting my arm above my head or behind my back.

Posted by lizzy3 on 2014-06-12 10:40. 3 comments. 215 reads
 
i had a pace maker fitted four weeks ago is it ok for me to go swimming yet?
Also i still find it hard to sleep on my left side is this normal?

Posted by PAMMY on 2014-06-11 16:40. 1 comments. 75 reads
 
Tat man you asked on my previous posting whether I do the Park runs and I have responded by saying I've never heard of them, had looked them up to see what they were and said that there didn't appear to be such runs in my neck of the woods.. Welllll... I went to the local running club to do a track session on Monday(a week after you mentioned the Park runs to me) and a runner from another club was at the leisure centre asking was I there for the Park run meeting that evening. It transpired that there was a meeting being held to see if a Park run could be established in my own home town!! Spooky or what?!!
Pammy

Posted by belljn on 2014-06-09 21:27. 3 comments. 200 reads
 
I've been riding a riding bike on a regular basis for the last 10 years. 40K rides 5 days a week. Four years ago my heart slowed down to the point where I passed out so a PM was installed. I was back to riding within a few months with no problems. Lately I've noticed that when I'm walking, which I do on rainy days, I get dizzy mostly at the beginning of the walk. This never happens when I ride. I also get dizzy when I stand up and usually bend over a bit until it passes. I have a St. Jude PM.
Is this common as we get on with age? I'm 71.

Posted by len613 on 2014-06-09 16:58. 4 comments. 199 reads
 
I have a pm 2 years now and continue resistance training and running. Yesterday ran a hilly 5 K in 42:32 and placed 103 of 203. I was the second oldest guy. Two years ago did it in 37 minutes but, since them my Metoprolol was increased and that slows the heart rate.

The bad news is that, as I have continued exercising, I have developed more symptoms. First AFib and now ventricular tachycardia. My electrophysiologist says that, since I am symptom-free during exercise, he considers me a low-risk patient.

But I am going for a consultation because I wonder if I am overdoing it and hurting myself.

Len

Posted by Mactac on 2014-06-09 16:24. 6 comments. 209 reads
 
I was told not to do any lifting above about 5 k or 10 lbs also not to lift my left arm above shoulder level. Does anyone know how long this should be kept to or do I have a good excuse? :-)

Posted by golden_snitch on 2014-06-08 05:19. 17 comments. 327 reads
 
Hey there!

Since I have the feeling that there have been more questions on the CLS sensor (rate response) lately, I wanted to share my experiences of the first couple of months with this sensor with you. At this point, I should say that I do not have the rate response switched on as a backup, I need it for every move I make as I'm 100% paced in the atria and ventricles. My sinus node has been modified by catheter ablation several times, and I have had an AV-node ablation to induce a complete heart block, too. So, here we go:

It's now been 11 weeks since my last pacemaker surgery, and today I passed the 5k mark when running. I needed 35 minutes. Yay! Started interval training running/walking four weeks after the surge...


Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-06-07 16:48. 7 comments. 245 reads
 
I am looking for a protein powder with low cholesterol because my cholesterol is sky high. My HDL and LDL are both off the charts, per the doctor. I like favor in my smoothies beside the fruit. Any suggestions ??

Posted by NMsnow on 2014-06-07 12:12. 4 comments. 241 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. 126 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. 347 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. 189 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. 325 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. 174 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.



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