Ever swim again?

I had 2 pacemaker surgeries  within 3 weeks due to a lead becoming unattached.  I was told by the doctor’s staff to stay out of the pool for 8 weeks.  They then said I could get into the pool but no swimming because the arm can’t be raised over my shoulder level.  Will I ever be able to swim again?  Slow paced laps not racing. 


8 weeks

by Tracey_E - 2018-12-31 11:20:10

After the 8 weeks you should be able to swim again. No movement over shoulder level is just until we heal, not forever.

everything and more

by dwelch - 2019-01-01 02:06:36

Yes you will be able to swim again and everything else you used to do and maybe some more things you might not have been able to do.  

The recovery time is relatively short compared to the long run between this one and the next one.  

Swimming. and the Pacemaker Games?

by Selwyn - 2019-01-01 14:00:24

Swam a mile yesterday. I swim a mile about 3 times per week. 

I do front crawl- arms fully extended. Never had any trouble. I just waited for the scar to be fully formed and waterproof ( 6 weeks) after implantation. 

Make sure your rate response is set to fast onset and medium offset. Make sure the top rate of pacing is reasonable for your age. 

Usually get up to 120 beats/min. 

I have never thought of entering the Olypics though!

Perhaps we should have a Pacemaker World Games ? My friend has had a heart transplant and goes off to the World Transplant Games ( and got a gold medal!).

Now there is something for this Club to organise!!!!



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