Returning to strength training 9 weeks after crt-d implant, but no reference about activities from hospital staff


I live in Thailand and had a crt-d implanted Mid November.  Before that in June I had a stent placed and leading up to that I was so darn tired that I did not excercise in 2022 at all..

Weight/strength training is not a real part of the business day in Thailand, the Fysiotherapist has no cue and the surgeon and cardiologist just listen to what I well them and then 'advise'.

I want to return to weigh training mid January and that was fine with them. I asked if I could do for example neck presses, incline bench press, landmines etc and they did not reply..... I asked because in my mind these are the excercises that could strain the leads?? Or do I not have to worry??

I assume their is some experience here and would like to hear your opinions,

thanks and regards




Strength training

by AgentX86 - 2022-12-19 22:04:14

At nine weeks, you'll be fine. Your leads have been well embedded for weeks and there is a lot of slack in them.  The biggest reason for the caution about exercise before six weeks is to make sure the shoulder is healed before you put strain on it.  Opening up the wound again would be very bad. You'll be well past that point.

The only thing my EP cautioned be about was pressing free weights. He was worried about crushing the leads against my clavical.  I'm dependent with no escape so he's been very conservative with his proscriptions.

free weights

by Martino - 2022-12-19 23:52:10

Thanks AgentX86

I thpught about moving from barbel to free weight as the latter is easier to drop.

But I understand where you are coming from

Maybe I will start with the Smith Machine to see how things go

Intially I will work with free weight and I absolutely love resistance bands... I work out int he gym as well as from home

So you see no issues with neck press and such for the leads??


by Tracey_E - 2022-12-20 08:45:20

The only thing you'll want to avoid is direct pressure to the box or leads. You can do dumbbells, barbells, resistance bands- whichever you prefer.

Ease into it. If something doesn't feel right, back off and try again in a week or two. There is new scar tissue building around your box which will make it more comfortable in the long run, but when you first start out it may get sore from the new movement. Ice willl help. 

thanks all for the information

by Martino - 2022-12-20 19:33:17

Feel more secure on what I am going to do. Easing in was a part of the plan as well as keeping any weights of the box itself. I lost 30% muscle mass so I have some work laid out for me  ';-D

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