Exercise- pushups

Can anyone comment on the performing of pushups and the wearing out of the leads of a pacemaker.

thank you


Weight Lifting

by Selwyn - 2019-08-06 14:04:38

Lots of previous posts ( see weight lifting in the upper right search facility).

Medical advice varies according to the medic.

You certainly won't 'wear out' the leads. I swim miles per week (front crawl) and my leads are 10 years old. You cannot work out how many times my arm has fully extended and pulled back towards the hip in such activity. 


Here's What I Was Told

by CatDad - 2019-08-06 14:09:08

After 8 uneventful weeks of recovery from my PM op I was able to wrangle this response from my EP's nurse:

"You are able to resume exercises now including push ups. However, you should never do one armed pushups or planks on the device side. Other exercises to avoid include the butterfly motion (arms extended pulling across the chest), lateral pull down machines and pec deck type machines."

But you really need to consult your own EP because no two people or implant circumstances are identical and "advice" from both the internet and your own PM techs may tremendously vary.


by SamanthaS - 2019-08-06 14:13:29

My PT had me doing exercises to strengthen the upper back and simultaneously stretching the pecs, like butterflies.  I'm also doing straight arm pressdowns and various rows.  I don't do anything that squeezes the pecs, but there are things that bring them into play without that.  Find a good trainer who is willing to do a little research with you.  Have fun.

No issue

by admin - 2019-08-08 08:37:51

I do pusch-ups 4-5 times a week and have for years.  There have been issue with wearing out my leads and don't even think about it.  Happy exercising.

push ups

by Tracey_E - 2019-08-10 13:28:35

I have one working lead that is 25 years old. I lift weights, kayak, do pull ups and push ups. I was told no restrictions whatsoever. My doctor knows I do Crossfit, run, ski, and generally can't stand to sit still for long. Active is good, we need to keep our hearts strong. The leads can keep up with us. 

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