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Drag Racing

I have what some may consider an odd question. Has anyone in the club got into drag racing since they've had their pacemaker? 

I've had a pacemaker for 25 years now. I got my first one when I was 5. I'm not one to sit on the sidelines and watch life pass by. I have an interest in drag racing and am looking to connect with anyone who has a pm and still enjoys the hobby. My main question would be, has anyone taken the nhra license medical? 

 

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Endurance exercise /research articles

It has been 6 months since I had a pacemaker for AV block. I was an endurance triathlete before my pacemaker and I have returned to my passion in life to its full extent once more. I am wondering if there are any triathletes on this forum who I can connect with? I am also wondering if anyone knows of any research articles regarding this sport and pacemakers? I  love being able to race again but not at the risk of my health long term. Thank you in advance.   

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Stairs

10 days out and back to exercising. Feeling good except short of breath on stairs so that I have to stop after about 15 steps. Walking about 15 min. I was walking several miles before pm and bounding up stairs.

Pm was needed due to fainting. No muscle disease. All diagnostics such as echo, X-ray were normal a week ago. 

Is this just being out of shape?

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Exercise Issues

I use to be able to walk 3 miles prior to my pacemaker implant. Now I couldn't walk a half mile or I will get shocked to death.I am referring to the built in defibrillator. Has anyone else experienced this draw back? 

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Trying to be active

Does anyone know the definitions of (or difference between) upper tracking rate and the upper sensor rate on a Medtronic pacemaker?

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exercise after surgery

I just got an upgrade to a defibrillator (had a pacemaker for 5 years) last Wednesday. I would like to go for a walk but don't know if it's too early to do a small amount of exercise. Any thoughts on this? It's  been 4 days since my procedure was done.

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Strange heart (PM?) behavior after exercise

Hi gang!  My docs say more exercise, so I've been getting out for a nice brisk 20 to 30-minute walk more often.  Today it was quite cold outside and, as soon as I came in to where it was warm, I felt light-headed and somewhat nauseated.  Could barely get my boots and coat off before having to sit down.  Took my BP and pulse which were 126/80 and 55.  Thought that was odd so did the other arm, which showed 126/86 and 56.  I sat for a few minutes, tho...

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Magnetic exercise bicycles

Has anyone experienced interference from Exercise cycles, such as Lifecycles that have magnetic resistence controls?

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Muddy Obstacle Course racing

Hi All,

Merry Christmas to you all!

I am determined to get fit again next year and have signed up to a 6km Tough Mudder style obstacle Course Race at the end of February. This will be 4 months post insertion of pacemaker for SSS. My husband is now worrying that this is too soon and I should have waited a bit longer. Has anyone else done one of these and are there any obstacles I need to be wary of as my pacemaker is pretty near the surface? 

I have to say I can't wa...

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Confused!!

I contacted my Dr to see if I can use my Garmin Vivo fit wrist tracker, he said to contact the company. They said it should be no problem but check with my Dr first!!! What????

 So does anyone out there have an idea if I can use this thing with my Pacemaker! I would like to use it again. Feel lost without it. ( not that I am moving much yet only 6 days out) But, would like to track sleep at least! Thanks in advance!

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CrossFit

Just got a pacemaker 2 weeks ago, and other than a 1-3 month waiting period, what can I be able to do at CrossFit, and what should I avoid?

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Difficulty exercising 3 years post-implant

Hi all!  Had a treadmill stress test and PM check-up today, complete with two Medtronic reps and my cardiology nurse, because I'm getting short of breath, naseous and even slightly faint from very little exertion.  For instance, one day I walked four blocks on even ground, at a very leisurely stroll, only to find myself totally short of breath, bending over, feeling nauseated.  Today I couldn't go beyond 135 heart rate on the treadmill, started feeling the usual faintne...

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manually stimulating/vibrating pacer to increase heart rate during exercise

i've found that by taping a vibrator to my chest close to the accelerometer location of my pacer (Medtronic Advisa - A2DR01) i can increase my heart rate during exercises that don't create enough physical movement to be detected by my device's accelerometer.

The vibrator is small - bullet type that is remote controlled - i think by bluetooth. 

So, this solves a big problem for me when engaging in vigorous exercise, like bicycling, or elliptical machine when I...

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Fit bit

Anyone hear know if know if a fit bit will interfere with a pacemaker.

Looked at Medtronic and Fit Bit web sites and could not come up with answer.

 

 

 

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Playing Pool

Hello all! I am 36 years old and I just got my PM on Dec. 2nd, 2016. I have done pretty well, recovering and thought I'd go out last night. My question is, I played a few games of pool (billiards). While it didn't occur to me at the time, I got to thinking....I was holding the pool cue in my left hand and leaning down to line up the shot. Essentially, that's like raising my arm above my head multiple times, right? I have now freaked myself out and I can't sleep. How will...

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Upper body toning

Hey guys! Hope everyone is doing fine...

I am 17 years old and used to do lots of weight lifting and ball sports before I had my pacemaker implanted just over a month ago. During the recovery phase I have been getting out of shape and I am looking to tone my body.

I have read among the forum here that as long as the pacemaker is not very near to the clavicle it should be fine to work on the chest and shoulders. How near would that be? According to my sense of touch, mine is roughl...

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Will I have to Quit Jiu Jitsu

Hey Everyone

Im 33 and have been doing Jiu Jitsu since I turned 21. plus i played 2 years of Rugby and played every sport under the sun growing up. 

I was diagnosed with a 3rd Degree Heart Block and BradyCardia and have had to have a Dual Chamber Pacemaker planted [Dec 2016]. 

I'm really worried that I'll have to give up my jiu jitsu.

Is there even the sligtest chance that I could continue training. If the device is moved around an inch up or down due...

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Vibration

I have been reading with interest the answers to shoe933's question regarding cycling.  I also have a Medtronic MRI compatible pacemaker that was implanted in July 2015.  Since then, whenever I ride on our friend's speedboat, on an airplane, in a car on gravel or rough roads or if I'm around loud music with heavy drum beats, my heart rate increases greatly to 140-180 bpm, sometimes higher.  I have said for almost a y...

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Cycling

I had a Medtronic PM put in 2 years ago due to sick sinus syndrome. I am fully PM dependent. Because it increases my heart rate during exercise based on vibration, is cycling over for me now?  I was an avid cyclist and have tried it only once a year ago. It was brutal. Is there not enough vibration to increase the HR while cycling? I could tell I wasn't getting enough oxygen when I tried. My last PM check showed I'm in afib 81% of the time. Are my cycling days over? 

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does cold weather increase pacing?!

i note that i pace far more quickly when running in cold weather. anyone else notice this? and recently i had a lot of emotional upset over 2 days and this made me pace 400% as much (i rang the hospital). anyone noticed this?

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