Most Recent Messages in Exercise & Sports

Planks and push-ups

Hi! I've had my pacemaker for almost 3 months. The past two weeks I started doing a plank challenge, so doing daily planks and occasional push-ups. I've noticed my pacemaker now seems to protrude slightly more, especially towards the top. I don't know that others would notice, but it definitely feels different to me. Just par for the course or should I stop/be concerned? Thanks!

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out of breath

I had the pacemaker implanted in February.  The week before it was implanted I was doing 45 minutes on an episcopal @ 4 miles an hour, getting a target heart rate of 148 and barely breathing hard.  Now the simple act of walking up a couple flights of stairs or a small slope or mowing my small level yard leaves me out of breath. My pluse never rises above 60.  I should add that my pacemaker was implanted because of Vfib not for a slow heart rate,

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Rate response

Hello everyone.

I have a question, hope someone can help.

I had bradycardia. Severe intermittent type 3 complete electrical heart block. Many terrifyimg syncope episodes due to the very low hb below 30.

A medtronic dual lead was implanted August 2017.

Still feeling very dizzy at times and feel like I might start fainting but do not. Feeling okay if I do nothing like sit on couch and watch tv.

The pm is set to 60bpm. My question is when my heart tries to go b...

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High altitude camping

Has anyone had any problems camping and hiking at altitudes above 7000 feet? 

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Contra dance and pacemakers

Hi, folks. I'm at 5 1/2 weeks post-implant, and feeling great. I spent last night contra dancing, a favorite activity. I'm wondering if there are any other contra dancers out there, especially women, or anyone else who may have insight into what I should be able to do once I hit my EP's 8-week (!) limit on raising that left arm overhead. I have been dancing carefully--no twirls, arm-yanking moves, etc. I suspect that even after the 8 weeks, I may not want to try twirls or any othe...

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Scuba Diving

Brand new here. Just got my PM. 65 year old. Pretty active, swimmer, life long weightlifter and athelete. I had regular low heart rates in the 30's for way too long now. It was time to get this done. I did a search for Scuba DIving concerns but didn't see any answers. Is it safe with my new Boston Scientific PM and or are there limits to depths, frequencies...?   Also haven't sked my Dr. yet but how long before I can chase my wife around the house agian? <...

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Pulmonary Function Test in Heart Failure

My heart failure Doc wants a baseline to address how well my heart and lungs are working together.  Typically, I currently do a three mile trek on an Air Conditioned indoor walking track.  No crazy speed..........20 min/mile.  Followed by a 1/2 hour on a "New Step" machine - still, I don't go crazy.  Prior to Jan. this year, I would trek 3 miles on a treadmill followed by 6 miles on a recumbent bike & followed by a mile on the indoor track. IT Band T...

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Boston Scientific - INOGEN EL ICD DR D142

Hi All

Im 42 year old male and had a INOGEN EL ICD DR D142 fitted due to third degree heart block. I have been a keep cyclest,runner and swimmer for the last 10 years and have competed in a number of full distance triathlons and am curently having issues with my uppet heart rate while cycling (a common problem it appears). I currently have the rate response turned on the upper HR limit is 170 the lower HR limit is 40. 

Questions....... 

1) Does anyone kno...

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FIVE WEEKS IN

It's been five weeks today since I was super-charged! I've been going to the gym since week two doing cardio - 500 calories per day. Last week I started chipping and putting on the golf course. I see my doc next week, but am wondering about a couple of things.

1. My stitches have finally dissolved and only the scar remains, but I feel a tightness and bump where the device was implanted. Will that change?

2. I don't lift heavy weights but usually do sets of curls with 1...

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Hiking Trip

My pack is loaded and I'm ready for a 4-day hiking trip.  My buddy, Tom, and I are hiking the Fundy Footpath - the most remote, difficult and scenic trek in my part of Canada.  We are leaving Thursday morning.  I've been resting the last couple days, eating well and drinking water in preparation for 9-10 hours of hiking each day.  My pack weighs 26 pounds - everything you need (tent, sleeping bag and food) needs to be carried on your back.  I certain...

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biventriculer pacer

How long does it take to start feeling better after a biventriculer implant?

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Pacemaker and contortion?

Hi! Im only 20 and ive been implanted with a pacemaker two weeks ago. I was looking for opinions on if i can do things like contortion, gymnastics, etc once im fully healed? I will be asking my doctors their opinions as well but wanted the opinion from other pacemaker patients as well. Thank you!

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Zumba and LaBlast redux

When I posted about doing Zumba before my PM, a supportive member said this: "You are probably going to be very pleasantly surprised at your new stamina! Heart block is more tiring than we think it is, often we are more symptomatic than we realize." 

This week, at the very end of 3 weeks post PM (I'd been walking in the meantime), I started both Zumba and LaBlast, and sure enough, I feel great! My stamina has really improved, and I can do most of t...

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Heart rate drop

When exercising (biking, elliptical machine or walking hills), my pulse can suddenly drop from 120/145 to 85/105. (I wear a chest strap pulse meter.)  It takes some time to recover. The explanation given is that a PVC will cause this. Needless to say a drop from 135 to 85 is quite a challenge while working fairly hard. Lately these drops have become more frequent and make it tough to keep exercising. Any thoughts?

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Implant questions. 7 days out

I am 7 days out and at peace with the PM, but concerned about my golf swing. I am an avid golfer and my game is improving. Now i see this as a set back maybe. I am concerned that as a righty, the left side placement will get in the way. 

I have heard regular placement is ok, others say ask for it to be lower.  The more I read, the more confused I am.

Any words of wisdom? 

 

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10 weeks

Today is 10 weeks after PM implant. Dr says I have no limitations. I want to return to what I enjoy doing, swimming and workout with weights. My Doctor however is too conservative. Wants me to wait for another 3 weeks.

I've read of people who have resumed their swimming and weight lifting after 6 weeks with no problems. I feel like going for it. 

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Lifting Weights With A Pacemaker

Hi all!

I saw a lot of posts about this topic before, but most of them are from a long time ago. So i tought, let's give it a shot!

I'm Bryan and i'm 22 years old. In february I got very ill and I needed an open heart surgery, on top of that i received a pacemaker. So since 8 weeks i've got the pacemaker and I want to go back to the gym. Before i got ill i always went to the gym and did everything that i want. But all the people i've spoken...

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pacemaker sensor

I had a pacemaker placed 5 weeks ago for sick sinus syndrome.  I am back to normal activity, but I am worried that my sensor is pacing too slowly because the rate has not gone above 110 when I am exercising, and today I had symptoms post-exercise that I had pre-pacemaker (lightheaded and shaky legs).  I do not understand how the sensor works and maybe the symptoms are normal for a 70 year old woman exercising too much.  However, I thought maybe they could adjust my sensor so my...

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Any thoughts on a Pacer and Body Vibration Platform

My wife is looking at getting a Body Vibration Platform  and wonders if any other pacer people have one of these and if it is safe (or good)

On Amazon it is Pinty 2000W Whole Body Vibration Platform Exercise Machine with MP3 Player

Opinions and experience welcome

 

Thanks

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Sport

Hello, 

I'm new to the club and i really have a lot of question about my pacmakers , but the one that comes back to me most often is whether i can continue bodybulding in the gym . 

 

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