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DO I need EP Study?

Hello everyone,

First post from a newbie so please be gentle on me, lol.

History

I have been a distance runner for last 12+ years and ran 10+ marathons and numerous half marathons.

Couple of years ago I was diagnosed with CHD and had 3 stents implanted. Subsequently suffered a silent HA which left scarring consequently developed Arrythmia. Couple of months ago during my usual 10K run I suffered syncope out of nowhere and ended up face down first, got some facial scarin...

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Active Triathlete with 3rd Degree Heart Block

I just got my PM on March 29th, 2019.  I was feeling dizzy on the morning of Mar 26, went to work and just blacked out.  My co-worker told me my head hit the concrete and my safety glasses were 5' behind me when I work up.  At the ER, my EKG heart strip showed a 15-20 sec. 3rd Degree Heart Block episode.  They immediately put on pacer pads and told me I will need a PM and I thought they were out of their minds!

After I was admitted to the Cardio Clinic, all the s...

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Four years in

So I'm four plus years into my first PM, Biotronik Eluna-DDR. My doc recommended it because of the rate reponsiveness of the Biotronik technology, CLS, since I am a very active 73 year old (Jogging, gym, skiing). Things have gone pretty well. Each year I push the doc to up my top rate because I seem to (according to my HR watch) be pushing against the upper limit. When running, for  example, I run out of oxygen before my legs get tired. Started at 120, now up to 150. Last t...

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Post Procedure Exercise

Just got my pacemaker in 4 days ago. Walked a couple blocks the last 2 days no problem. Walked 3 blocks this morning no problem. Just walked 3 blocks after dinner and was huffing-puffing. Felt heart " fluttering" toward end as well as had pain just above my stomach and right side of chest. Received pacemaker due to heart rate going low and getting lightheaded. Diagnosed with signal block. Had an MRI, Echocardiagram. angiogram etc. and all showed heart good and no blockage in ar...

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Cyclist Bradycardia/Tachycardia and working out symptoms

FIt, 63, active.  Got a Medtronic pacemaker iOctober 31, 2018 for bradycardia, low heart rate around 40, have been a runner up to half marathons and always did some resistance and yoga.  Docs always thought low rate and low blood pressure was good and was because I was active.  Switched to cycling due to back issues about 18 mos prior to pacer procedure.   Had a syncope episode, in October, was monitored and had another one resulting in the decision to do the pac...

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Choosing a pacemaker that copes with serious cycling?

Retired pathologist, working in Enterprise IT selling £M software packages.

Keen road cyclist, 6years + sick sinus syndrome, given up competitive running (Pilates instead), and my cardiologist has given in and said I can have a pacemaker.  Resting rate about 38, max HR 110bpm which is very limiting.

Apparently some Boston Scientific units support measurement of breathing rate (RightRate-TM) as well as accelerometer for running and swimming.

Anyone with experience...

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Everest Base Camp

My pacemaker was installed in Sept 2018.  I have no other issues of any type. Can I  track to Everst base camp? Any suggestions or precautions or preprations? Thanks! Pankaj Bansal

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Pulse rate during exercise

Prior to my implant it would take a prolonged period of jogging for my heart rate to get to 135 bpm. I had my implant 7 weeks ago and apparently my CRT is set to active, but my heart rate gets to my cut off rate of 145 in literally minutes.

Did I get that much out of shape in 8 weeks? Could this be a programming issue? My Doctor tells me my pulse is reacting on its own to the exercise, but this does not feel right.

I would appreciate any insight anyone may have.

Th...

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Hockey Goalie Additional Chest Protection?

Hey, new to the club, got my Dual Chamber pacemaker on 3/26.  Any of y'all out there a hockey goalie?  I feel like I'm healing up very well and quickly so I'm hopeful to get back on the ice in May but debating if my chest protector is enough protection or if I should be adding some additional padding.  I wore a heart rate monitor for a couple weeks while playing and took a direct shot to the monitor (through the padding of course) and I felt it but it...

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Pacemaker stops pacing as I increase intensity of work out

Hi! I started training for marathon last year, it was a gradual slow training process as my trainer knew I have pacemaker. I was also going to the pacemaker clinic several times and they made several tweaks on my pacemaker setting. However, late last year I wasn't able to join the marathon I signed up for because as we started our training for uphill, I noticed I have some fainting episodes. I went back to clinic and they've done a holter monitoring and it showed several SVTs but...

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Martial Arts Training

Any guys out there who were training / competing in Martials (Karate, Kick Boxing and Jujitsu). 

I won't be competing again, I am interested in how to modify my training sessions.

Advice has been given to me about avoiding impact to my PM area.

I am 2 days in from receiving my PM so only walking for now.

 

 

 

 

 

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How to know if settings need adjusting (exercise related)

Hi all!  This is my first post but I've read a lot and you all have really helped me through the last few months.  I'm a 38 year old woman who was diagnosed with complete heart block in January and got my PM on Feb 21st.  I have two young boys and I'm a distance runner so not your "typical" PM recipient.  Physically I'm recovering well and mentally/emotionall I have good days and bad regarding acceptance but I know that will take time.  ...

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Sensitivity change

I am 6 days post op for CI,have a Biotronik pm. Am scheduled to have sensitivity changed tomorrow from medium to low. How  “sensitive” is such a change, dramatic or subtle? On a low setting, will I be able to undergo strenuous cardio or swimming workouts? Thinking maybe I shouldn’t change setting.

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Paced Out with Pacemaker

I received a phone call from someone monitoring my ICD remotely and she said that I "paced out" yesterday at 2pm. I asked her what that meant and she said I had a rapdi heasrtbeat.

I told her I was running on the treadmill and she asked If I experienced anything. I did not. It was also the first time I ran relatively fast (for me) on the treadmill.

The question is what does it mean if I "paced out". Does it mean the EP should increase the upper limit of my pace...

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Kite surfing with a pacemaker

Hi, I'm new to the group so sorry if this has been covered before but has anyone out there had experience of kite surfing with a pacemaker?  If so did you have any problems?  I had mine fitted last September and have got back into snowboarding and cycling as well as non-upper body gym work, now I want to get back out on the water.  I have some concerns but feel with a harness will not have any problems.  Just looking for anyones experiences for peace of mind and for my...

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Medtronic vs Boston Scientific

I am hoping someone has some knowledge on this subject. I had a PM implanted in December. My EP/surgeon told me that it would sense my respiration and respond accordingly when exercising, which I do a lot of. Many types but swimming is a primary. Due to what I can only describe as a screwup on the hospitals part, my original doctor did not do the surgery. I was assured that I would get the device intended for me. I have a Medtronic PM which at least one device tech and others on this forum sa...

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re-pasemaker surgery on 02/20/2019

still in pain 4weeks after surgery am used to walking 4miles a day in past now cant even walk / 1mile hope i can get back to normal these doctors are a waste of time tell u nothing to help however i am keeping busy watching amazon prime movies trying to keep my mind off the healing process hope all of u great fols will be feeling better asap   thanks for more help than these doctors would not give     robert   arizona

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Exercising post pm

Hello all

Have redone echo and 24hr holter 2 months post pacemaker and my LVEF still no change. I was cleared before these results to go back to CrossFit and gym. However the cardiologist still didn’t recommend weights even though I did explain what CrossFit was. Anyone who has gone back to exercise including weights?? What sort of limitations did you find?? Were you given any indication on max weights aside from if it hurts don’t do it?? I am doing more interval training wi...

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Long distance kayaking and my new PM

I am a newby pm owner as of one month ago tomorrow. 68 yrs old. Avid long distance kayamper and hiker. How soon can I expect to start training for my next kayamping trip which starts Aug 1st on the Yellowstone River for 554 miles and approx 20 days? Will be paddling approx 8hrs a day. How soon can I expect to carry a full backpack with a week's food and gear for several days safely? 

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When can i start doing upper body workouts

I had my St. Jude Medical dual lead pacemaker implanted on February 6th of this year. I am now in my 5th week. How long should I wait until I do upper body workout with the circuit training at the gym? I don't use free weights. I use circuit training machines.

I feel good like I am ready. However, I am reading a lot of things on here about waiting 8 weeks.

I don't do heavy weights at all. I just want to firm up my upper body. Prior to getting a pacemaker, I became vegan an...

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