Most Recent Messages in Exercise & Sports

recently told to quit any type of workout

i have had a ICD for 20+ years and have managed to stay fairly active within  my limits (not pushing too hard), as of two weeks ago was doing 60 miles on bike and regular swimming. On a recent echo cardiogram they saw that the right ventrical has become severly dilated and its systolic ability has severly declined. I am told to stop excersing until further notice. the condition is now being labeled as ARVC (Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy) , i previously was diagnosed wit...

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intermittent block variation with heart rate

Hi all,

hope you are all doing well.

I am interested getting a feel for the people who have intermittent heart block whether they know if in their experience it reduces with increased heart rate or decreases.

Looking through posts on here I get the impression that the majority of people seem to see their block increase with rising heart rate but I am keen to know if any others are on here actually see it reduce with increasing heart rate.

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Heart Rate Monitors

I am an active cyclist and hiker w/ a pacemaker.  Recently, my Polar HR10 has been giving very strange readings.  It works for a while normally and then strats giving low rates, below 50 (which I know cannot be true).  Changing the battery does not seem to help.  I have purchased an Apple Watch 6, which is supposed to be accurate but is it?

Does anyone have any idea what could be wrong with the Polar strap?  Does anyone have any solid info on which is the more a...

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Sports at school - what to avoid and how to inform teachers?

Hi,

I'm new here. My daughter (6) got her first PM last Dec, so this topic is quite fresh for me. She goes to Kindergarden and will join school in September. Of course we will inform the school about her PM and give some general information.

However I wonder if I should give any specific instructions to the teachers for physical education. At the moment we told her to avoid climbing up walls and pulling up on bars. She doesn't do any regular sports time being as everything...

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Hitting a wall?

I wanted to report that now, 6 months post PM and 2 weeks post 2nd Covid vaccine, I feel much better. I've done some 2.5 mile hikes around town, with my pulse staying at about 90. While climbing 500 feet, my pulse did get to 150, but then recovered to 90, as I leveled out. My question is, as I am finishing the hike, my pulse comes down to my set 60bpm with my oxygen at 99% and I feel very tired. Is there a wave to the recovery rate that after you have high pulse numbers, does it...

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pacemaker - walking

Hi all,

I am seeking some help on heart rates when walking. I am almost 70 and  I have a Boston scientific K185 which was inserted in January 2015. Have complete heart block and AF all the time  but asymptomatic.   Prior to the BS I had a Medtronic with rate response only. Had that for about 8 years.  The Boston Scientific has minute ventilation and an accelerometer and I have found with cycling that the combination works very well and consistently has...

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Revitive Medic Circulation Booster,

Can this be safely used ?

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Treadmill Test - experiences?

My EP has suggested a good way forward to check what is going on during exercise is a Treadmill test.

I have so much floating around my head at the moment as I am not sure whether I need more pacemaker support during exercise or less. I desperately need to not go off in the wrong direction after this test.

How will they decide if I need more ventricular intervention or less ventricular intervention?

 

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Kayaking

is kayaking okay with a pacemaker? I was never told it wasn't but i have since read it can wear down the leads due to repetitive movement. 

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Sports Cardiologists

Have anyone consulted with a sports cardiologist? 

With the passing of my EP cardiologist I don't have anyone adjusting my pm. With on-going struggles with it while running I thought maybe a sports cardiologist might be someone with whom I can consult. I run ultra slow but get out of breath, fatgued and feel chest pressure. Recovery is near instant but the 3 not-my-amigos are repetitive. Post run I can feel this, at times, more intensely. It seems as if the pm is...

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Pacemaker tracking during exercise - can it be adjusted?

Hi all

had a really good conversation with a new EP technician last week and he explained a lot and is very open to changes. He was very patient and let me ask a lot of questions.

I could sense he was busy so I let him go before asking him to explain one point he said that I have since looked up and still struggling to understand.

He said that he could see I was getting my heart rate up nicely and that it "was tracking consistently at 1:1". I know that 1:1 to...

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HR monitor that works

I have been experimenting with a range of heart rate monitors for exercise but struggle to find one that would constantly give readings. I've gobe through Garmin and some unbranded straps, and had no luck with them.

With optical readers I've tried Garmin forerunner 35 and 220, but both work once or twice, and after its pot luck if they record more than few minutes.

I've gone for Polar OH1, which first few times worked perfectly, and then again no reading. That was retu...

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Help with pacemaker selection for cycling

Hi, I'm trying to help my brother who has bradycardia and sick sinus syndrome.  He is also in a-flutter.  He had an ablation for a-fib about 4 years ago and now needs a pacemaker.  He is 66 and is an avid cyclist, he goes mountain bking up very steep trails.  He wants to keep riding until he absolutle cannot.  His doctor has told him he will put in whatever pacemaker he wants.  He is considering Biotronik or Boston Scientific.  Two of the doctors he has...

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metabolic conditioning & planking

https://www.eatthis.com/news-30-second-workout-trick/

I saw this work out on the internet. Seems to me it would be a safe one for pacemaker users. And does anyone know if planking is safe.

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Tonal vs Mirror vs Peloton

Due to all the different surgeries I'll be going through in the next few months, I would rather not be out on the streets running and cycling. Thinking about getting one of these new exercise machines. Anyone has any of the ones I've mentioned? Any thoughts?

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Making headway

Recuperating in the hospital as I write this...got nothing better to do. 
 

So finally the chicken came to roost on the atrial valve side of things. I got a 29 mm Evolut Pro valve today! Doing OK so far but fingers crossed for sure… Already feeling very different… A feeling of warmth throughout my whole body that I have not felt ever before.
 

The doctor was joking if I could do all these things with pacemaker that has only one lead and...

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Too early to play golf ?

I find it confusing that some people are told they can play golf after 4 weeks and others 4 months ? With courses set to open again on March 29th here in the UK that would be 2 months for me. I would have thought there would be a set timeframe among most doctors but it seems there isn't. Google doesn't help with some saying 4 weeks and others 3 months + ?

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Heart is so limiting for exercise

Hi everyone,

I'm new here and I tried to look back through posts to learn more, but I got a little overwhelmed. I'm sorry if this post is repetitive and you are welcome to point me toward other applicable previous posts. 
 
I got my first pacemaker back in August. It is a Medtronic Azure. It was quite a surprise because we have never had any proof of heart issues. My heart was running about 30 beats a minute when it had an eleven second pause before...

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got confused again with how may pacemaker works during exercise

Background - recently reaching and staying at 175 bpm or so during very minimal intensity running. Before pacemaker at that heart rate I would have been nearly at my highest intesity of exercise. I have grade 2 heart block.

I spoke the technician today and he said rate response is not on, I was hoping it was on as this would  make things more simple.

My question is, if my atria starts to beat at say 150bpm does the software change the amount of time it waits for an intrisic v...

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Any runners on here to explain ?

I'm nearly three months in to having my pacemaker (second degree heart block) and started a couch to 5k running programme to ease me back into running.

My maximum heart rate a few months before my pacemaker was 185ish and at this effort I would have been running around 6 minute/mile pace. 

Today my pace was almost walking pace running at exactly 10 minute/mile pace and my heart rate shot up very quickly to 165 and then after a mile or so sat at around 175. I was bare...

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