Most Recent Messages in Exercise & Sports

Zumba and bruising

So I started zumba yesterday and today around my scar is all bruised, it feels so sore today, can't even touch it. Only had my pacemaker fitted April 1st 2016, and still is really sore. Has anyone done zumba and is this normal? Please help? 

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SCUBA

Hey there,

I'm a new owner and an avid SCUBA diver. Doctor has assured me I have "cadillac" appliance and have nothing to worry about.

Are there any divers out there?

All best, Rico

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Rate response and off road motorbikes

Hi Ya,

back to riding dirt bikes after a long time trying to get back to fairly normal a life as I can after having a Boston CRTD set DDIR fitted . Been ok for a while now but does the rate reponse sence acceleration? I ask because I felt a bit of a fast heart rythmn after accelerating flat out on a bumpy road. I was completly relaxed up to this point and a few minutes later felt fine but thought it best to have a rest.

Thanks mg

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Bigeminy trigeminy

ICD inserted Sept 2016 after a VT storm. Set for 50 bpm. Also had sick sinus (45bpm).  Pulse is regualr until it gets to around 80. From there up to about 120, it is in some from of irregularity (bigemin, trigeminy quadrigmeiny) and also missing beats every 9 or 10 beats.

As the pulse comes down from 120-130 during exercise, the irregualtires kick in and then disappear at around 70-80 bpm where regualr beats resume. Anyone know why this might be? Meds are amiodarone 200mg and Metop...

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When Can I Resume Running?

Thank you very much for the quick feedback. I feel better already. Patience is not one of my virtues, but I want to be safe, so I'll just increase my walking mileage in the meantime.

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Pacemaker Behavior

I'm a male 57 and run 40 - 50 miles per week.  I've been diagnosed as having Atrial Fibrillation and Bradycardia.  In October 2105 I received a Advisa DR MRI A2DR01 pacemaker.  Finally, my running times are returning to pre-pacemaker conditions.  I monitor my heart rate with a Garmin Forerunner 920XT device with a HRM chest strap.  I use electrolyte gel to maintain a good contact.

For the past few months I have noticed that my HR rises to approximately 1...

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When Can I Resume Running?

Hi,

I got my Medtronic PM implanted two weeks ago. When I asked the cardiologist, nurses and pacemaker tech when I could start running again, I got different answers which were 4 wks, 6 wks, 8 wks and 12 wks.

What is your experience with starting back slowly? I am walking 2 to 3 miles a day now with no issues. Also, what about resistance training?

Thanks!

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Swimming Strokes & Relative Risk to Leads

Hi there,

I am wondering if there are any swimmers out there? Will swimming freestyle occasionally really wear-out or break my leads?

I have a dual-lead medtronic pacemaker for 3rd-degree heart block of unknown causes (no underlying cause; "Lev's Disease"). The pacemaker was implanted about 9 months ago. I am 34, female, and active. No other health issues, really, until the sudden heart block last June.

At time of implantation, many of my doctors and...

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Very Low Heart Rate During Exercise After Generator Replacement

I had my Boston Scientific generator replacement after 6 years. The old one got me through multiple triathlons including two full Ironmen. After 2-3 adjustments on the new one I still can't get my HR high enough during exercise, which leaves me wiped out after a session. Today I biked for 3 hours at a pretty fast 21mph. My AHR was 80 which isn't even in the Areobic range. With all out 27-28mph 2 minute sprints, it never got over 95bpm (still not in the Aerobic zone which starts a...

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NEW PM / WORKOUTS

For three days after implant rest the arm, why it has to heal enough to retain the connection to the upper and lower nodes of the heart. After implanting they can and will disconnect if caution is not taken. Time is the healer not exercise, once healed exercise is critical in accord to ones ability and history of regular exercise. Swimming is suggested an excellent total body sport. Set a goal, time enough to heal, swim perhaps daily based on ability be consistent increase exercise. In t...

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ICD

I am about to turn 64 and found out that I have Afib.  This led to wearing a heart monitor for a week which led to some Vtac rythyhms showing up.  The Vtac rythyhms are associated with apical hypertropic cadiomyopathy.  This led to an EP Study that showed I was at a low risk of Vtac but not "No" risk.  My cardiologist says that I am in the gray area between him being able to say either I don't need an ICD or that I definitely do need an ICD.  He says it...

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Upper limits of pacemaker

I have been jogging for 45 years and received a pacemaker because my pulse would drop in the 20's at night. My max heart rate now is set at 130 and I am unable to jog a block without stopping. I would like my max set at 180, well that improve my jogging performance and is it safe?

 

Jerry

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BJJ / Brazilian Jiu-jitsu with a pacemaker

I posted here a few years ago wondering if anyone trained BJJ with a pacemaker. I'd just gotten a PM and was devastated that I had to give BJJ up beacuse "no contact sports". I went three or so years without training because I was worried about what might happen. I recently started training again and so I'm posting this message so that anyone else in the same boat can contact me about my experience. 

Basically: I thought about BJJ not daily but certainly weekly fo...

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Pacemaker Gripe, need advice

Background: Endurance runner that had a Boston Sci pm installed in July-2016.  Had Bradycardia and hr refused to climb enough during exercise.  Now getting back to running and have a frustration.  After a couple minutes of running my hr goes to the max device setting (150 bpm) regardless of pace.  It then stays around 148-150 throughout no matter if I speed up or slow down to a jog.  Kind of sucks because my heart doesn't get a break and I tire...

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Increase in stamina after having a CRT implanted in early November

 After 21/2 months with my Medtronics CRT I'm a bit frustrated that I can't walk farther. I force myself to go to the gym daily and find that I can walk 1-2 tenths of a mile without stopping then have to stop for 45 seconds before walking another 1 tenth of a mile. I can repeat this up to 8 tenths of a mile but I had hoped that by now I could at least walk 1/2 a mile without stopping. This is a real problem for international travel. What have other members experiences been in see...

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Running with a PM

So I've been running since 1979, and had my PM installed last Thursday.  MD's insist I will be able to run again, but I would like to hear from anyone who can describe what it's like when you first start running again with a PM.  What did it feel like?  Any particular fears you had?  How are you doing now?  Any reassurances would be very helpful to me.  Thanks!

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heart rate monitors

I got a garmin wrist-worn heart rate thing to see what my heart rate is doing when I am walking.  I'm not sure if it works or not. Is this an accurate device?  Has anyone used these?

Also, I cannot get the equipment at the gym to read my heart rate at all.  Is my pacemaker interfering somehow?  I wonder if this is just me not doing something right, or does it have anything at all to do with the pacemaker?

 

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Treatment

Hi,

Since I had a Boston Scientific CRT-D inserted, Oct 2015, my condition has deteriorated precipitously.  In April, I'm told, I had a heart attack - tachycardic- 197bpm?  From April to July I did rehab exercises with good BP readings and pulse rates 52 to 134 bpm. Since then I've become totally exercise intolerant with a pulse 'fixed' at 71 -72 bpm and breathless after one or two minutes down from 45 - 50 minutes continuous excercise with varying resista...

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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? 

 

&n...

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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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