Leads question

Hi there, 

i know there is a lot of posts on this topic already on here, with very reassuring answers. I was fitted with my device 7 years ago at the age of 40, in sunny Spain. I have weight trained and exercised for the last 25 years so I was devestated when the doctor told me I could no longer do weights. His reason was the constant repetitions would damage the cables. At first he was non negotiable however after a year he said I could do some curls. Fortunately I found this site and realized that doctors options vary greatly, obviously in Spain they border on the excessive side. I resumed training, and haven’t had a problem. My question is,If the cables were to be damaged would we get some sort of indication or symptoms? Is it possible that the device would abruptly stop working due to a lead fracture? Sorry for the long ramble!

cheers guys.



by Swangirl - 2019-06-03 15:28:06

I'm sure if your lead could not communicate with the device you would know about it right away. Your heart would not beat as it does now.  It's hard to imagine that a lead could become undone after all this time.  They develop scar tissue and imbed themselves in the heart muscle.  If they ever need to be extracted it's a very risky difficult procedure that requires a whole team at a big medical center.  The lead cables are in our veins.  I don't understand how the stress on your muscles would affect them. Maybe someone else on this site will have some other answers.  I agree with you that it's important to keep doing the things that make us feel good.   


by Zobot - 2019-06-03 16:48:55

Thanks for answering Swangirl, much appreciated!

Lead Vulnerability

by CatDad - 2019-06-03 19:01:36

Hi, Zobot. Your question is spookly timely for me as as I was just warned off from doing pushups  for the indefinite future. I had a PM implanted three weeks ago and revision surgery for a shifted atrial lead two weeks ago.

Now, with a better-positioned lead, I had hoped I could begin moderate calisthenics and some biking. But the nurse doing the routine interrogation of my PM today reacted to the mention of pushups as if I'd said I wanted to go out shooting clays this afternoon.

Google-image "subclavian crush syndrome" or "first rib break" along with the word pacemaker and you'll see why. Our leads are inserted into an artery that runs through a pair of bony pliars made from the clavicle and first rib.

Having already endured the freaky consequences of a lead dislodgement (diaphragm pacing), I'm not taking any chances.


by Zobot - 2019-06-04 02:59:04

Thanks for answering CatDad,

Hope your recovery goes well!



by doublehorn48 - 2019-06-05 13:28:56

I googled subclavian crush syndrome and found that it is a rare occurrance.  It happens about 3-4% of the time.  As with any procedure, you cut the risks when you go to a great hospital.  I go to great hospitals.  The best for heart procedures is the Cleveland Clinic.

I've had a pm for 32 years.  Had leads extracted.  I'm now 70 yrs old.  Two days ago I did 55 pushups on my first set.  There are many people on this forum that are quite active.  Be one of them.

Best wishes,

m. scott


by Zobot - 2019-06-06 02:39:47

Thanks for your awesome answer! I appreciate it.

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