Working out with a pacemaker
Hi everyone ! Im new to this club and this is my first post. I am 19 years old and have a pacemaker since i was 6. I had a pacemaker change when i was ~14, but still have the original leads, wich are now 14 years old.I started lifting weights when i was 17, with my doctor permission, but i was cautious with chest training. Recently i noticed that when i elevate my arm above my shoulder with a certain angle there is extracardiac stimulation of my chest, basically my pacemaker is stimulating my chest muscles.But even when my arm is down there still is a little stimulation, almost not noticeable. I am scared that i may have a fractured lead since they are pretty old.
Then there is the impact on my mental health, starting lifting weights gave me confidence and now it is part of my life. I can't see me without working out at least 3 times a week. But for the first time i feel limited by my condition, and i feel quite depressed about it.I already sacrificed chest and shoulder training and will now cut off pull ups and maybe rows, because of the arm elevated position.
I would like to know if anyone has already been in a similar position, like breaking a lead or having to quit exercising, and how did you cope with it.I thank you all in advance.