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Posted by Ferniegirl on 2014-04-27 14:55. 3 comments. 250 reads
 
I had my PM implanted in Oct 2013 for SSS and AV disease. I feel better at rest but when I exercise I still struggle. I do have the odd good day but for the most part I feel short of breath and fatigue quickly. I have to say Im nowhere near where I was before my surgery. I struggle to keep my heart rate up. It seems that for the most part during a run it stays around 129 or 132 and Im short of breath, yet my pm is set to 170 for my max. I had my pm settings adjusted to the most sensitive to help increase my hr but I feel like I just can't keep it where I need it. If I run as hard as I can and pump my arms I can get my gps to read 160 but I feel extremely fatigued and short of breath after only 1 or 2 hundred meters and have to stop to reco...


Posted by hs2o on 2014-04-25 18:43. 15 comments. 506 reads
 
Hi all. I had my pacemaker implant about 9 weeks ago. I had some friends strongly recommend the local Cardiac Rehab program. So I talked to my GP who signed me up. When the Cardiac Rehab people phoned me I was only about 5 weeks post op and they wanted me to come in at 7 weeks post op. I told them I didn't really know if I was technically a cardiac patient. I'm still awaiting test results and my final post op visit with the cardiologist. But the Cardiac Rehab people wanted me in anyways.

Well I get there and I can do NOTHING. My heart rate is all over the map. My ECG was being taken at least two or three times during the one hour exercise program. At the end of the third day (each the same) the Cardiac Rehab staff insi...


Posted by fhack on 2014-04-25 14:17. 5 comments. 298 reads
 
Hi my mane is Frank -I'm new and have a question on weight lifting restrictions. I received my pacemaker in 2010 after valve replacement surgery. I am 100% blocked. I really hadn't worked out since the mid 90's but since the surgery have tried to be more health. I am now down a little more than 20lbs. through walking, T25 and watching my diet. I am looking to start some weight training but was told by my Dr. to do no more than 30lb's per arm or 100lb's with both arms. My question is what have you been told? How much do you push it?
Being 100% blocked is a little scary because after my surgery before knowing if I needed a pacemaker or not a dr. came in and shut my external pacemaker off and left the room. He didn't get out of the r...


Posted by Nero on 2014-04-24 11:21. 3 comments. 306 reads
 
Hello all.
I have a CRT inserted (what they call biventricular PM).

1. Now i got this 2 in 1 pedometer with fat analyzer and on reading the ,manual it said not to use it with PMs. Can i use the pedometer without using the fat analyzer? Is it safe to use in my condition? (I hope).
2. I bought an Omron R2 wrist blood pressure monitor, now is it safe to use? Putting in mind that the monitor must be put at the level of the heart when measuring.

Sorry for the disturbance, thanks allot. God Bless...


Posted by Troutfoot on 2014-04-22 16:41. 9 comments. 457 reads
 
Hi All,
I have a new two lead pacer (3 weeks) treating a complete bundle branch block.
Long story short, I have a otherwise healthy heart and am in great shape.
Here is my question.
After a long, 3-5 miles, fast pace walk my hands become
swollen. Within 30min after stopping they return to normal.
Any Ideas?
Cheers,
Ed

Posted by natlat on 2014-04-22 07:08. 4 comments. 225 reads
 
Hi All, 39 year old very athletic female here. Found to have RV Dysplasia which was causing syncope and recently a heart rate of 250 which landed me in the ER. Having an ICD implant Friday. I have not run a lick in two weeks, how long did it take you to get back on your feet and running and exercising? Did you notice a difference? Are you able to run hard? Obviously I need to keep and take things down a notch, perhaps getting a heart rate monitor to keep things in check (anyone suggest one?). Thanks for the support! Crazy stuff, did not see this one coming at all!

Natasha

Posted by Kaitland on 2014-04-15 12:39. 10 comments. 216 reads
 
Well, tomorrow is the big day-I go to the hospital to get my PM! This site has been so helpful. I have asked for implanted vs. just under the skin and have made it clear that cycling/spinning is my main cardio activity and that I need a PM that will allow me to get my heart rate up. All those pointers came from reading postings on this site.
I plan to be up and walking around my neighborhood straight away and heading back to spin class ASAP!


Posted by jfasoneholder on 2014-04-13 11:49. 5 comments. 378 reads
 
I had my PM installed in January. Had bradycardia, HR in low 30's and shortness of breath. Am 61 year old female, no other meds, incredibly active and fit. Had a medtronic RR pacemaker put in- have had a couple adjustments. Current HR range is 55-155 which works well if I'm on a treadmill, swimming, doing Pilates, etc. If I spin, it is horrible. I bang on it repeatedly to get it up and I can't get it above 105ish ( My daily living setting) If I get it up momentarily, in seconds it falls back down. I'm going back to my tech but would appreciate any advice on what setting needs to be adjusted so I can spin and not be dying or pounding the whole time?

Posted by kmom on 2014-04-11 19:43. 6 comments. 210 reads
 
When can you start doing aerobics or at least "dancing" to music. I did a little today but felt the pm shaking around in there a little uncomfortable but it felt so awesome to be able to do it because I haven't been able to do it in a long time. I wasn't out of breath and had the energy to do so. I just don't want to over do and shake something loose. Can I start bike and tread mill?? I had my implant on Monday 4/7.

Posted by canada on 2014-04-10 22:18. 2 comments. 145 reads
 
Pacemaker inserted jan 6 left side. Now when I overuse my left arm, carrying groceries, walking sticks ,rowing at the gym I get a dull ache under my collar bone which goes away in a day or so.

Posted by amethyst34 on 2014-04-10 16:15. 10 comments. 300 reads
 
Hi,
I have had a Boston Scientific Dual lead pacemaker for three years following a complete Av Node ablation.

I am very intolerant to exercise, I feel like I am hitting a brick wall on walking up stairs or just the slightest of inclines. I m only 38 and feel like a 90 year Old, breathless to the point I feel my heart needs to beat more but won't!

Have been told the pacemaker settings are correct!

Does anyone please have any suggestions? I'm seeing pacemaker clinic tomorrow.

Thank you
Karen

Posted by BillRanken on 2014-04-10 09:29. 6 comments. 382 reads
 
Hello,

I am a 59 year old male with a 15+ year history of lone AFIB but no CAD. After 4 ablations, my AFIB was finally knocked out (if anyone wants info on who did my last procedure I would be happy to provide that) but developed sick sinus syndrome, hence a PM no defib was implanted on 10/31/12 at John Hopkins, so much for Trick or Treat. It is a two wire PM with wires in the right atrium and ventricle. I am currently on no meds. In Jan I started exercising for all the obvious reasons. I can get my heart rate into the 130/140s over 40+ minutes on the elliptical, but barely run a 1/4 mile without having to stop. And I still get winded walking up a flight of stairs. Being a former Marine and exercising most of my life, I k...


Posted by Forgiven on 2014-04-05 22:43. 5 comments. 282 reads
 
Hi folks,
Well I got to join the club this last week. Not something I had in my plans. I'm right in the middle of training for a 70.3 Ironman. I'm told I can resume cycling and running within a couple weeks but will need to stay out of the pool for 3-6 weeks. What has been the "norm" around here with the athletes?

I had a case of A-Fib a month ago, then an echocardiogram done that was "normal". I wore a monitor for a week and that's when they found that my heart was "taking a brake" (AV-block)at in opportune times, although I wasn't having typical symptoms. The lack of daily symptoms made it hard to accept as well.

Anyway, I have no doubt I'll have lots of questions for you all in the next few weeks/months.


Posted by GDub on 2014-04-05 02:45. 4 comments. 260 reads
 
Hello all!

I am a new member and was just inducted to life with a pacemaker. Sick Sinus Syndrome and a-fib. Ticker was 28-30 bpm at rest. I am a runner-backpacker & cyclist and had my pacer installed for three weeks today. I started hiking every other day last Tuesday for exercise - slow - to avoid pulling leads or messing something up but I have noticed a definite shock sensation in what feels internal just at the left side right in the sternum area when walking downhill. No issues hiking uphill but the sensation when it happens is a bit disconcerting. Makes my imagination go to places I would prefer to avoid.

Has anybody in this forum felt anything similar and have feedback that they would share? I apologiz...


Posted by Robert122085 on 2014-04-04 18:08. 2 comments. 165 reads
 
I've been doing some push ups nothing more than usual and now my chest just below the area feels bruised. Anyone else go through something like this. Oh and my PM was implanted in November

Posted by mhj on 2014-04-04 12:11. 0 comments. 167 reads
 

I had inserted a Biotronik Estella DR-T for almost three weeks ago. I train with a Garmin Forerunner 910XT. Three months ahead I will use a training plan I downloaded from Garmin's website. I like to train with heart rate zones.

How can I calculate my heart rate zones so they look right so I'm getting better? Especially in running. Once I start running put my pacemaker pulse up to max (155), where it stays until I start to walk again. (That will be zone 5 during the hole pass)

Does anyone have an equal pm and know about the motion sensor can be adjusted. I was at my first check last week and then max heart rate was increased from 145 to 155 Now when I go fast or driving on a bumpy road, I recognize a flutter...


Posted by FighterGirlxx on 2014-04-02 19:04. 1 comments. 134 reads
 
Dear all,

I was wondering whether anyone who works out in the gym or goes swimming and has had a PM (+/- a subclavian clot) has ever had throbbing pain around subclavian and the left neck when exercising and raising their heart rate? I have tried to get answers elsewhere (medical folk) and after a long break from this site - last year sometime I think, figured I would see if anyone on here, however far flung, may be able to help?

It would just be nice to know if it is a common occurrence, whether it will go away after a time etcetera? Pacemaker is about 3 or so years old (time disappears!)

Thank you

Posted by Papajoe on 2014-04-01 15:29. 11 comments. 580 reads
 
Does a heart rate monitor wristwatch with a chest sensor work with a pacemaker ? If so what is the best basic one I should get? With my heart problems I had before the pacer , they would never work right.

Posted by Tao on 2014-03-31 17:42. 3 comments. 170 reads
 
I had my pm implanted four months ago. Tomorrow I am going back to my Pilates course for the first time since. Are there any movements I should be careful about? Stretching? Any ideas on the subject?

Posted by LTaukiri on 2014-03-31 04:51. 6 comments. 400 reads
 
Hi everyone.

I've read in quite a few forums about people asking if they can do or can continue to do martial arts once they have pacemakers and the answers and comments that have been posted that it differs depending on the GP or Doctor.

I have always been a fan of martial arts and have always been keen to learn, not only for exercise but also for self defence, as, lets face it, the world has gotten dangerous and every advantage taken now will benefit later on.

But, as expected, I have a pacemaker, had one since I was 10 weeks old. I'm 22 now and really need to become fit an healthy, but by doing something that interests me rather then bore me. But my question is: am I able to learn Martial Arts with a pa...




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