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PM & exercise settings

Hello everyone.

I'm cleared to get back into the gym after the New Year. I've read a few posts on PM settings and heart rate. Mine are set at 50 low and 130 high Medtronic dual lead. I asked my cardiologist if this will be fine for working out with cardio and light weight reps. He said yes and that if not, the settings are easily changeable.

Yes, I know this but my questions are:

How will I know if the settings are right for me?

What will I feel if I go above 1...

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Dreading Vo2 test

I am nervously awaiting my VO2 exercise test on Monday. Is it possible to have your VO2 results imrprove over time?

My cadiologist is saying if I score 14 or below, I am a candidate for a transplant. I hate to see so much weight given to one test that is taken. My EF is around 30 and I feel fine.

I dread taking the test.

 

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Trying to come back but not sure to what.

About a month ago a pacemaker was implanted. I was cardioverted 4 days ago. Three days after release from the hospital I did some slow treadmill running. I kept it up until (8 days) several PM recipients and a nurse described in detail what happens if I get an infection. So I stopped. Two days later my doc returned me to running. Only limitations were to not swing my arms to wide because I might dislodge a lead. I ran mostly 5 miles a day and last Thursday I ran 7.5 miles easy with a few stop...

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Biking and flatting out

Hi, 

I bike for @ an hour on a trainer. During the second half I would experience shortness of breath and my hr dropping into the upper 60's for just a brief period before climbing back up to the 120's. Toward the end it dropped into the 80's and stayed there for 8 minutes.

Admittedly, this is measured by a chest strap and bluetooth, but it seems pretty accurate. 

Should I be concerned or is this typical PM behavior?

I'm going to post the abov...

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Apple watch and apps

Hi Can anyone suggest a good apple app for an apple watch that alerts me when I am excercing with my pacemaker, when my heart rates rates raeches a certain limit?

Many thanks

John

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“Wow”

I made my long awaited return to competive racquetball tonight .

ive been playing pick up games and feeling good. I played a guy I normally beat easy.  Matches are best two out of three. 
 

game one turned into a dog fight close one .... half way through i was huffing and puffing . Even took an allowed uncharacteristic time out.

i made it through but lost.  Game two I truthfully wasn't going too hard because I didn't feel like I could pl...

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Weight Training With Pacemaker

Hi all, 

After a bought of more ilnesses (Restless Leg Syndrome & Sleep Apnoea) I should finally have all my health issues behind me in the New Year, so I was looking into getting back into training and exercise. (FYI, my pacemaker was inserted over 2 years ago)

I used to be very muscly and have now put on quite a bit of fat and I am looking to trim down. But I also love weight lifting and my question is does anyone have any tips on how to weightlift safely with...

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Took a

Near direct hit with a racquetball tonight - it’s not unusual to get hit usually in the back during a game but I’ve never been hit in the chest !

it was just below the device ..... makes me wonder if I need some type of little pad to protect it ? 

Anyone know of anything like that ?

Catchers chest protector ???

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Heart Rate Variability

I went for a bike ride this evening and pushed my heart rate up to 145 BPM going up a hill.  In less than 3 minutes I was on the bottom of the hill and my rate dropped to 52 BPM.  During the entire ride leading up to the drop I was averaging 105 to 110 BPM.  Anybody else encounter pacemaker issues when first excersing?

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Sudden pulse drop while exercising

I posted this before, thought it was resolved but is returning. The PM was put in 5 years ago to resolve a total blockage of the signal between chambers when at rest.. While exercising, particularly on extended vigorous efforts such as on an elliptical machine, my pulse builds to the 140's (I'm 72 and have never had a high pulse rate). It then may drop suddenly to 100-120 and bounce back after 5-10 seconds. It used to be more dramatic when it would drop to 85 and stay there...

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numbness in arms and fingers post workout

Hi all,

I am 34 year old female.

I have had my ICD implant about 2 years back and was overweight at that time. I had dilated cardiomyopathy for about 5 years now and I am on medications. Post-op, I started exercising and started loosing weight. I am now at a good weight and still exercising every day.
But recently I noticed that my arms and fingers are getting very very numb post workout. The numbness does not go away unless I have a hot water shower. And numbness is there on...

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Triumphant Return

Today I returend to the Racquetball Court -  I had hit the ball by myself a few times but had not played a match. 

I was definitely apprehensive and did not know what to expect.   The guy I played is of simiklar skill level.... we go to all out war when we play.  

He said you set the pace..... we will go as hard or as easy as you feel appropraite. 

I had imagined us gentlemenly hitting the ball around......

It didnt take long until it...

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What can I do When

I got my pacemaker 8 weeks ago. What is timeframe to raise my left arm over my head, swim, lift weights (and is 20 lbs my limit) I'm  getting conflicting info from docs. Telling me anywhere from 6 weeks to 3 months. Thank you

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Weight lifting with pacemaker

Anyone with experience on weight lifting and pacemaker? I am getting a pacemaker and I am a heavy weight lifter. Will I have to stop? My cardiologist just said to not do jerking movements but what about heavy weight? 

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Apple 🍎 5? Anyone ?

I have a Garmin Forerunner 35.  Anyone own the Apple5 that can offer feedback? 
 

lookimg online some impressive claims are made about its heart monitoring functionality

two negatives .... It's expensive and see some negatives on battery life 

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Upper heart rate

My exercise induced 2:1 block has been fixed! I am so happy wanted to post this, because i have struggles so much with it with sports. My upper rate used to be at 175 but now it is a 210! I feel amazing!

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Doc changing my blood pressure message

Doc reccommended I change my BP med from HCTZ (hyrochorathiazide) to Liprinosil, but after reading the description of it that I got from both the pharmacist and from things online, I am a bit leery about changing.  For one thing, I am also on Xeralto blood thinner, and my cardiologist recommended I eat some spinach daily, as Vitamin K may help prefent that  - not guaranteed, of course, but may potentially help - and if I did have internal bleeding, I would be getting Vitaman K...

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Newbie

Wow - implanted 10-22-2019. Trying to heal physically and wrap my head around this new reality. 

Prior to I was a racquetball competitor in pursuit of a league championship at my club . I played 3-4 days a week and was known for my mobility and stamina. 

Ive been slowly sticking my toe in the water walking 2-3 miles a day . Yesterday I ran a little on the treadmill - I felt kind of scared . 

I am wondering why my heart suddenly started beating so slow ? My con...

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Horse back Riding

I'm getting a PM implant on this Friday and am a bit indifferent about it. I understand it is what it is and I cannot predict the future, I do trust the Sovereignty of God, however I'm yearning to get as much information as I can regarding my surgery and recovery. I have ignored it up until now as though it might just fix itself but Friday just keeps getting closer!!  I'm a very active and an avid horsewoman and Grandma. I ride everyday and haul to co...

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Cardio band to wear on the chest

Dear All

could someone tell me if a cardio frequency band (the ones that are wearable on the chest)

can be used by a subject with an implanted PM? Could it interfere with the PM?

Thank you in advance for your feedback 

I wish you all a great time. 

G

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