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MEDTRONIC EXCERCISE SETTINGS

I previously posted a question here asking for suggestions to better adjust my ADVISA pacemaker for different forms of exercise, (see below March 3rd). I received some excellent responses that I was able to communicate to my cardiologist. I should say that I actually was able to find two very knowledgeable Medtronic technicians who were able to make changes to the settings of my pacemaker that have resulted in much better response to all my forms of exercise.

I have SSS, Chronotropic In...

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Exercise Benefits

I am getting my pacemaker on Thursday 4/19.  I have chronotropic incompetency, a second stage AV block, and bradycardia, and SSS.  I've been partially disabled for awhile with heart symptoms when I try to exercise.  It's been a depressing struggle and I'm hopeful I can get back to the things I enjoy with the pacemaker.  

My question for you extremely well informed people is this:  Is there a health benefit to exercise now when the pace...

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6 weeks yesterday

It's been 6 weeks after PM implant. At week 4 I started trotting & walking on threadmill. Presently I am doing about half hour to an hour, and it feels good. 

I want to resume swimming but am hesitant because my Cardiologist doesn't want me to lift my arm until 3 months. I think he is exagerating a little. He even told me himself that he was like that. I am very tempted to swim. Any advise will be appreciated.

Thx

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Best Device

I had two different one lead pacemakers for bradycardia for 20 years that was removed in 2010 and I thought I was healed. They were very basic devices that just kept my heart rate from going too low.   Now however I developed an AV Block and worse brady and am having a new two-lead pacemaker implanted soon.  I am 76 years old but physically active.  I play tennis and pickleball, walk, hike, dance, work out at the gym and I have had to be careful lately because of thes...

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Rugby

Hi,

My friend has recently joined up to a ‘Rugby Club’ where you play Rugby matches and learn skills etc. She says that I should join and I really like the sound of it, actually! I’ve tried other sports that are similar to Rugby such as Gaelic Football but I never really got the hang of it! Let’s just say, I am not really the sporty type! 😬However, the only thing is my doc says I shouldn’t play contact sports because of my pm. I’m guessing R...

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Exercising with Heart Failure?

Hi everyone,

I'm 35 and had a pacemaker fitted in September last year. Things were fairly normal for a few months and then I was admitted to hospital with a 23% left ventricular function, so heart failure, then arrhythmia, and have been in and out of hospital, and basically housebound since January.

This is due to miocarditis, probably caused by a virus, though months of tests have brought no clues as to possible culprits. As there's been no change in my heart function. I&...

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angiogram

I had an angiogram procedure on Monday this week and later in the afternoon had a small bleed, eventually the hospital said this was probably a vein that was clipped during the operation - still scary when you start bleeding from your groin!!  The good news was that all my arteries were clear and now I am awaiting an MRI scan.  My question is that I have been very careful and now as I am into my fourth day and climbing stairs as normal and no more bleeding, would it be okay to start...

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Can't exercise test ok now what ?

Ok had my echo..and nuclear stress test all came back ok Dr told me I have no restrictions for my heart so what does that mean ..but I thy old him when I exercise feel like passing out I need to lay down until my heart rate drops takes like 10 minutes I'm overweight..and haven't really exercise..I ask him about the pacemaker settings he doubts that..I dr o remember the pacemaker lady mention about program not to go over 170 if I'm correct ...any ideas friends .

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cardiac rehab

Starting cardiac rehab tomorrow and wanted could someone comment on their progress post PM implant and starting exercise routines.

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Heart rate monitors

This may have been asked and answered; if so, I'd appreciate a link to the appropriate area.

I have a St. Jude CRT-D. Previously, I had two Medtronic ICDs (the first was replaced after the battery was depleted; the second was replaced to allow placement of a CRT-D).

I need to monitor my heart rate while bicycling. Nothing based on blood flow (e.g., wrist monitors) works, although they work while sitting still at home. When I had my Medtronic ICDs, my heart rate was properly me...

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Boston scientific duel chamber pacemaker

Hi , I have had my pacemaker for four months , my heart is normal apart from the electrical problem that apparently causes heart block, does anyone know if it's ok to do upper body exercises like press ups , or Spring chest expanders ?. The difference this magic little divice has made to my life is incredible, it's a miracle . Thanks Barrie.

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Activity / Exercise Trackers (Fitbit, etc.) compatability

Hi everyone, I posted a similar question in the "Interferences" section but then thought this may be a better category...

I have a Boston Scientific D140 ICD and I've heard mixed info on activity trackers such as a fitbit, etc. causing interference with ICD's.  I'm trying to get back into exercise and I liked using a fitbit and wondered if anyone can help clarify or share any info with me on their personal experience.

Thanks! :)

 

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Chest pain possibly pacer?

So I’m 31 got my pacemaker 2 years ago following complet heart block after open heart.  I had it upgraded to a dual chamber about a year ago.  Since then everything cardiac wise has improved, rarely do I have any pains from CHF symptoms.  Over last week or two I started getting sharp burning sensations in left chest on left side of chest wall is where it feel like it’s coming from, the pains get so instense occasionally that my pec muscles flex or spasm.  The s...

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Heavy Bag Muay Thai Workouts

I had a pacemaker installed this week and I am wondering if I will be able to train Muay Thai with a heavy bag after the required healing period of 3 months.  I usually workout for ten, two minute rounds, with one minute rest between where I punch, elbow, kick, and knee a 150lb bag. My concerns are as follows:

1) I hit the bag hard - Is there a potential of knocking a lead off my heart? Should I reduce punching power to the bag? Just tap it?

2) The arm motion...

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Alternative Therapies

I live in Wales and have had a dual pacemaker for 5 years. I have some other health issues which maybe resolved with reflexology but the practitioner wants me to find out first if I am able to undergo the treatment.

Has anybody any information or had any experience with it pleae ?

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Pacemaker

Hi to all of you. I' m from England too - Portland in Dorset.  Had my dual pacemaker fitted 6 weeks ago. Just wondering if it' okay to start lifting arm above head and exercising ie  Zumba and interval training? I am walking quite a bit but quite wary about the leeds coming out as I don' want to have to go back in hospital.  Would appreciate any replies. The only follow up appointment I've had since the op is the pacemaker check. This gives no reassurance the wo...

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Wahoo Trackr Bluetooth heart monitor

Newbie here - had my St. Jude single lead ICD installed this week after a sustained v-tach event..that I tracked with my fitness monitor.

What a great website and community!

I've spent a couple of hours reading this subforum, the interferences one, and a bunch of general web searching to figure out whether or not it's harmful to use this chest strap monitor. St. Judes FAQ: 'cellular won't affect device...but be conservative and use the other ear.' Nothing refer...

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Golf

First off, thank you to everyone in the club who assured me that time helps heal most things associated with having a PM.

It has been 65 days since I got my PM, and yesterday was the first time in 3 months since I last joined my golfing buddies on the course.  As someone who has played for over 40 years, I was initially very concerned that my golfing days, at least my good golfing days, were over.  Not true!

Granted, I continue to feel little aches, pains,...

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OPTIMIZING MEDTRONIC SETTINGS FOR EXCERCISE

I have had an ADVISA installed since November, 2015. During the first few months several adjustments to settings eventually arrived at fairly ideal pacemaker responsiveness, yielding a steady 140 to 148 bpm during jogging, (at about 10 minute per mile pace). However, I have not been able to achieve the same responsiveness during bicycling nor mountain climbing. I assume it is because my body movements do not generate as much accelerative force compared to jogging. So my questions are:  &...

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Boston Scientific minute ventilation problem

Does anyone else have this MV problem? Tech turned off my MV (safety concerns). I am a cyclist and MV is important to me, and I understand there will be no fix until October. I can only achieve pulse of 135 now where I was seeing 160 before. It makes a difference. Also does anyone have a different Tech other than the one provided by BS?  Over the 10 plus years I have had a pacemaker I have had at least 10 maybe 12 different techs, and only 1 really knew anything about setting up my PM. N...

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It is just over 10 years since a dual lead device was implanted for complete heart block. It has worked perfectly and I have traveled well near two million miles internationally since then.