Most Recent Messages in Exercise & Sports

heated clothing

Hi all....there are some very efficent heated clothing (zip top, hoody and parka) brands out there on the market place..they have a battery (power source) and small leads to a warming patch on the lower back and upper shoulder area...you can dial up a heat you like, and it can last from 4 to 14 hours....one brand says no pacemakers...I am wondering if they really know why and what anyone else's experience may be..? cheers..Dave

 

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Skiing

is it recommend to snow ski with a pacemaker?

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Exercise and rate response.

I received my PM in April this year and still getting used to it. It was implanted for bradycardia and Afib. I’ve had several adjustments to make the rate response less sensitive and a lower target heart rate. For a while I was feeling awful when riding in a bumpy car/boat or just taking a flight of stairs. That has pretty much subsided, once they lowered the sensitivity (I think it’s set as low as it will go) and set the upper max rate to 120, any higher is up to my natural...

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Weight lifting - worried about damage to lead

Hi all. Looking for some advice if possible.

I'm coming up to 3 years of having my PM this October. I started at the gym and mainly do cardio but yesterday thought I would try weights - I did two sets of 12 lateral raises at 4KG. Afterwards I panicked and thought oh no I haven't damaged a lead.

I've been having an on and off pinch near my left rib in a particular spot - a little lower down than my breast bone. Now, this could be a COMPLETE coincidence mixed with anxiet...

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HR completely screwed up while running or cycling

Hello!

In December 2018, I had to have a pacemaker implanted. It is a Medtronic Azure XT SR MRI SureScan with a SINGLE lead into the lower chamber of my heart. (They could not put the second lead into the atrium due to small veins. My AV node is not working at all and so the important lead was to the lower chamber.) 

I am a male, 52 years old and a recreational athlete...used to run 6 - 8 miles at a 11:30 min/mile pace 2 - 3 times a week. I also biked 50 miles at ap...

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Upper body weight exercises 6 weeks post pm operation

Not getting any response from my doctor's nurse about whether or not I can use our riding mower nor about upper body work in the gym. So, here I am.

Any suggestions regarding the upper body workouts? I figure start light and avoid latpulldown at this point. Sitting chest press should be gentle as well as seated row. Free weights light. Maybe 5 lbs or less.

BTW I am 71.

Thanks for your input

 

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Wanting to run again despite having an ICD

I am a 58 yr male that has had 2 heart attacks and VTach with an EF of 28.  I also have RA  I had an ICD implanted 2 years ago.

I used to be a long distance runner and completed several marathons.  While not realistically thinking this is in the cards I would like to run again.  Walking is OK but I long to be able to run again. My Cardiologist has encouraged me to exercise.  It has been nearly 8 years since the last time I ran any distance.  It's l...

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Volleyball vs. ICD

Hello! I just had my ICD implanted 2 weeks ago after a sudden cardiac arrest while playing volleyball. I’m sharing my experience in this microblog if anyone is interested.

Just wondering of anyone here had something similar and managed to come back to train and play volleyball.

 

https://medium.com/@rodrigoalberini/intro-88c0cf081082

 

Cheers!

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Scuba divers

Hello everyone and thank you for me being able to join this forum. I am a Dane and lives in Denmark 

 I might get a PM within the next year or so, and need to get a PM suited for scuba divers set to min.5 ATA equal to 40 meters. Anyone know about a brand? I understand St. Jude have one. Let me know of your experience 

thank you 

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Exercise- pushups

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

thank you

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i might have moved my pacemaker -- and now it hurts

I was pretty close to being dead -- my heart was stopping, once I woke up about a foot above the floor, I had convulsed.  My heart had stopped, my body convulsed in an attempt to restart it, and as i said, I was a foot or so above the floor, headed down fast!, when I woke up.

All of this is ancient history since I've had my Boston Scientific pacemaker installed -- it saved my life.

Not one event of this kind and my health generally has been much better. 

But a...

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Pacemaker tapping

So, wow, 5 weeks ago had a two chamber pacemaker installed due to slow heartbeat and heart beat stopping for 3 to 5 second intervals. Feel a whole lot better. So I am amazed at some of the posts here. You can actually tap on your pacemaker to speed it up, seriously? The other day my smart watch said my heart rate was at 134, and at the time not doing any type of physical labor. I have a Medtronics unit. Any comments with truthful answers appreciated! Lol.

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Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET)

Hello everyone,

I got a letter from my cardio team that they will be performing a CPET test during my next appointment. I had this test done last year but unsure how to dissect the test results? I referred the matter to Dr Google but unfortunately it has not been much of a help.

At my last appointment I did ask my cardiologist about the CPET results, his response was results ‘look good’ but he did not go into details, I guess due to limited time available or perhaps th...

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Treadmill Exercise

Hi, all! It has been almost a month to the day since my PM was inserted into my chest. I have a St. Jude dual chamber unit which was adjusted last week (pace increased) by my doctor.

A couple of days a week I have been going to the gym and utilizing the treadmill.  My question is this: Is there a limit I should follow or just "listen" to my body and adjust the machine, which I have been doing?  I am not looking to break any land speed records but I seem to tire soone...

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Running Heart Rate

I recently bought a new running watch that records my heart rate.  I walk 5 minutes and then I start jogging.  I use to run but at 70 I jog.  I start out slow but my heart rate spikes to around 152 and then spikes down.  This lasts maybe 30 seconds.  My heart rate then sort of levels off and my average will be around 138.  So why does my heart rate spike?  Thanks

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Doing Yard Work

Got the pacemaker two weeks ago.  After a few days started feeling human again.  I need to do morning chores for 2-3 hours.  They generally are yard and garden duties in the summer.  Went out two days ago and did general garding, pulling weeds, etc.  My wife, the retired ICU nurse, hovered pretty close.  She was there helping me with every chore.  We talked about my keeping my left arm from going out straight or over my head.  I concentrated on keeping...

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Incidence of lead fracture for pacemaker recipients who row

Aloha, all!

I was wondering if anyone has found data on incidence of lead fracture for pacemaker recipeints who row.  I just had a pacemaker implanted a week ago (subclavian placement) and my EP indicated returning to rowing would not be a problem.  However, it seems like many professionals recommend against rowing.

I am a single sculler, and a typical practice schedule for me is 25k-30k, 6 days a week.  I love rowing and hate the thought or reducing training volume...

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Rate responder

i got my PM 5 years ago at age of 46 for slow heart rate. I’m a runner and have had the rate responder adjusted three times because about 8 mos after an adjustment I begin to feel gassed out during my workouts. Last week the tech told me she adjusted the rate responder to its max setting. I am still feeling winded during slight exertions. Anyone else experienced similar condition? Also, read a posting about thumping the PM to make the accelerometer more responsive during workouts....

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I just wanted to know your experience with these activities until I get clearance from my doc

Hi everyone! I'm approaching two years with my medtronic and I just wanted to know if you've had any trouble with the following and if you'd advise against it:

-Push-ups

-Rowing maching

-Paddling out/surfing

I have my 6 month check up approaching soon but I just wanted to see what your experiences were until I see my doc. I'm just worried about repetitive movements and anything involving my chest muscles. My PM is underneath my left chest muscle. Thank...

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EP Study – Update.

Good evening all,

For those who are new please follow the link to get the background info.

https://www.pacemakerclub.com/message/35074.

Right had the dread the EP study carried out few days back and almost made full recovery. Yep it took over three months to make it happened, we love our NHS, lol.

The study was not dissimilar to described by Czechmate, yes my heart was tested to limits, it went off to the races...

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