Weight training post PM
There are some observed contradictions from my doc and his pacemaker staff about weight training post PM. My doc has always said that I could do 'pretty much anything I wanted to after 2 months. I am now at 12 weeks. The pacemaker nurses tell me not to do anything overhead like presses or pull downs. When I asked the doc he said it was OK but don't do anything real 'heavy'. He also told me that he had placed the PM taking into consideration my 'active' routine. He said the leads are under the collar bone and run between a couple of ribs. One of the pacemaker nurses told me that lat pull downs would cause the lead to fray (???) after many repetitions. The doc said to do more reps and less weight.
So all of this is confusing to me. I wish I had some guidance as to what exactly happens as the upper body moves during weight lifting that can impact the leads. I don't see why it has to necessarily be an overhead move that can be harmful. My interest is mainly to keep up some semblance of strength so I'm not doing anything real heavy (although that is relative). I usually use a weight that I can barely do 2 sets of 10 reps. I haven't gone back to doing anything overhead. I realize I can substitute exercises that don't involve stretching above your head (for instance doing rows for your lats instead of pull downs)
I know there's at least one member here who is a 'pedal to the metal' weight lifter but I'd like to hear from anyone who has worked out with weights over several years with a PM to assure me that they have had no problems with lead separation. Has any one seen any research on the impact of such activity on leads?
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The pacer systems are really very reliable. The main problem is the incompetent programming of them. If yours is working well for you, get on with life and enjoy it. You probably are more at risk of problems with a valve job than the pacer.