weight loss

Had my PM implanted July 24th. My question, since heart rate is now at 60 plus vs my old 30-40 rate, does metabolism improve and shouldn't we lose weight. I remember when you smoke your heart rate increases and people stay somewhat thin. I have lost 9 lbs since the implant. I have been walking half hour a day and somewhat watch what I am eating but I think I am benefiting from improved metabolism. Anyone with thoughts.


Weight Loss

by SMITTY - 2008-08-14 09:08:34

Hello Hank,

I think logic says with an increased metabolism due to an increase heart rate you could expect to lose some weight. However, my guess it that your weight loss is more likely to be the result of your exercise program and the fact your are able to expend more energy during these walks.

My personal experience was that after bypass surgery some 26 years ago I was told in no uncertain terms to stop smoking. When I got home I quit smoking and since I knew I would be sitting on my rump and doing very little physically for the next six weeks I started walking as much as I was allowed. During that six week I lost about 20 lbs, to my surprise. In prior years I had quit smoking for a few months at a time and invariably I would gain weight. But as the days went by and the soreness from the surgery got less and less, I was able to put more effort into my walking and I not only lost weight but I felt better.

Good luck,



by Bionic Beat - 2008-08-14 10:08:49

Doubt it's the pacemaker, probably all that good exercise you're doing and watching your food intake.

My pacemaker has been in since Feb. 22/08 and I haven't lost an ounce. :(

Can you imagine the crowds at the EP Guy, if pacemakers were known to cause weight lose? ;D

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