I just wanted to know your experience with these activities until I get clearance from my doc

Hi everyone! I'm approaching two years with my medtronic and I just wanted to know if you've had any trouble with the following and if you'd advise against it:


-Rowing maching

-Paddling out/surfing

I have my 6 month check up approaching soon but I just wanted to see what your experiences were until I see my doc. I'm just worried about repetitive movements and anything involving my chest muscles. My PM is underneath my left chest muscle. Thank you for sharing.



by AgentX86 - 2019-07-21 00:03:31

I see nothing wrong with any of those activities but your doctor should have the final word.

I do

by Tracey_E - 2019-07-21 08:50:18

Ask ten doctors, get ten answers. More of them now want us to be active and fit but there are still some out there who give a list of restrictions. If they tell you no, ask if there's a specific reason why. As in, are your leads close enough to the collarbone to be crushed? If it's a generic response I would push, but that's just me. 

I do all of those as well as pull ups, barbells and kayaking, with my doctor's blessing. Mine is under muscle also. Sometimes if I overdo it or do something new, it will aggravate the scar tissue and get achy but that's about it.  I have been paced 25 years and still have one original working lead, the other was replaced about 10 years ago which is average lead life. I've never held back and have never had a problem. My doctors have always told me that the leads are thin and flexible, intended to move with us. 

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