Most Recent Messages in Exercise & Sports

Pacemaker and pack shoulder straps

If you are considering getting a pacemaker I encourage you to work with your surgeon to ensure that you'll still be able to carry a pack without having the strap rub on your pacer site.    

In the month prior to getting my pacemaker I heard warnings about the potential for rubbing and/or pressure due to pack straps over the pacemaker site. Because I didn't want to sacrifice my mountain time I asked my surgeon to place the pacer so it wouldn't be right under a pack...

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pacemaker is lifting

Have had my pacemaker 16 months. Have had no problems. The surgeon installed it beautifully. My osteoporosis is declining via my latest bone scan. Have walked 2 miles a day with 2lb wrists weights for many years. My diet is good. I am a 74 yr old female of 124 lbs. and active. 

Decided to start working in gym to help with ostioporosis. Have been working out about 2 wks now. I've noticed that pacemaker is slightly bulging/lifting outward. Cosmetically I do not car...

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Idiots Guide

I was fitted with a Medtronic Dual Lead Ensura PM last week. As a keen endurance runner I am keen to get back running again. I am a bit worried about this from the unknown side regarding rate response, maximum settings etc. Is there any guidance out there regarding how this works?

I run a lot of different distances from Ultra endruance event, to marathons, to 5k and 10k's. Will the technicians be able to set the rate response etc to a rate that will allow me to do all of these still...

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Medical ID Tag/Bracelets that Attach to Fitbit Charge 2

Howdy.  I've had a PM for 5 weeks and I have been advised to get a Medical ID bracelet.  I wear a Fitbit and wondered if any companies designed tags that just attached to the Fitbit band.  

Does anyone  have a recommendations for a sporty Medical ID for a male?

Any with sports logos?  :)

Thanks.

KP in Chicago

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Exertion response

I have noticed recently that I am getting short of breath when walking.  The feeding is similar to how I felt before I had my pacemaker implant.  I noticed on a reasonably strenuous walk up a hill today that my pulse rate was not going above 90bpm and when I use a cross trainer I have difficulty in keeping above 100.    I'm a 72 year old male. My implant was made 5 years ago.

Comments appreciated.

Thanks

Bernard i

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Trying to decide which is the right pacemaker

Hi,

I am writing on behalf of my husband. He is 63 years old and an avid Mt. Biker & hiker. He needs a pacemaker and we can't get good answers to our questions. We are thinking that he should get a motion + ventilation sensing monitor. My question is this; while descending on a rocky trail on the bike, there would be lots of motion due to the jarring of the bike over rocks. Wouldn't the device keep the heart rate higher due to all the motion? When descending, your heart rate...

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Gym and heart rate

So I went to the gym yesterday for the first time in awhile and I'm a little concerned. I got on the elliptical and within 2 minutes my HR jumped to 175 as per Apple Watch and I felt it but then I got on treadmill and I was fine..why is this happening?? Anyone else experience this?

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Is anyone like me? crossfit, bradycardia, dizziness, no other symptoms, ekg/echo/halter clear

Hi everyone,

I'm new here.

I'm hoping to find someone like me because I'm chasing my tail trying to get diagnosed.

45 yo female, 5'6", currently 212 lbs (thanks to weight gain from whatever is going on)

Have always had low HR (50s) even when heaviest (270+)

Started Crossfit almost three years ago.  Lost a ton of weight, toned up, got strong, felt fantastic.

Started with severe fatigue almost a year ago (June/July 2016).  Ended...

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Cycling

Hey everyone,

Anyone with an ICD do much road cycling? I have had my ICD device for a short time after some non sustained episodes of vt. I take a small beta blocker dose. Thank you. I have tried cycling but feel a little nervous that my heart rate might jump up! It hasn't but I've taken it super easy. Ali

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Is Distance Running bad for you ?

Recently in the PM club there has been a spate of posts from distance runners , people who are keen marathon and half-marathon runners.  I used to be one myself . I ran marathons in London, Paris, Istanbul, Athens, Vienna and Shanghai just to name a few and ran stacks  of half-marathons in between  .. a little bit obsessive you might think !!!

But if at most only around 1% of the population are regular runners why do we have so many runner - contributors to the PM cl...

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Stess Test follow-up

For informational purposes I thought I'd provide an update.  Just completed a stress test this morning.  The Boston Sci. tech was in the room to monitor me as well.  The doctor wanted to rule out the pacemaker at being the cause of the v-tach I'm experiencing during exercise.  Their first thoughts were exercise induced RVOT might be my problem.  However, the stress test revealed the pacemaker might actually be the cause...

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Jogging/running?

I'm a little over 12 months in from having my CRT-D implanted, while it has been a slightly bumpy ride I'm starting to feel like I'm getting there. I've been attending cardiac rehab (NHS) and slowly increasing my exercise levels. In truth I found it really tough to begin with but feel like I'm making reasonable progress now.

I've started to do some jogging and gradually increased the duration to around 8k. I'm pretty slow and it takes me 50mins or s...

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Running with a Pacemaker

Hi!  I had my pacemaker implanted in 2015 after my heart rate kept tanking out and causing me to pass out.  Due to a HORRIBLE family history of early cardiac death in both parents, it was decided I needed a pacemaker.  I get it, and I'm grateful.  But, I've struggled with running ever since.  I've done a couple of half marathons and one full marathon (which was dismal) but now that I'm training again, I'm having a hard time, struggling with what fe...

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Breath Shortness

About 6 months ago (Nov 2016) I played tennis and was very short of breath. Went to my cardiologist and a pulmonist who both said I'm fine.

I recently went to a osteopath for a sacroiliac problem and I mentioned my shortness of breath to him. He said his father had the same problem and changing his pacemaker setting cleared it up.

Has anyone ever heard of that?

Maury Hill

Westport, CT

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UUGGHH!!

Hello Again,

My background: Boston Scientific Essentio MRI compat implanted in June-2016 for bradycardia and low heart rate during exercise (it would climb, but not as high as it should).  Max tracking rate was originally set at 140 with rate response sensititivty setting at 8.  Begin to run again and out of the blue started having ventricle tach pop-up after 30 minutes of activity, which of course threw everything out of whack.  More tests came back negative fo...

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What is your max rate setting?

Curious question for all endurance junkies.  My max is set at 150 and, believe it or not, I think it's too high for endurance sport at my age of 45.  At first I thought the max setting was too low and had it raised, but now think the lower setting was better and it was the sensitivitiy setting that was the real problem.  I sometimes wish I could just adjust the darn thing myself.

Anyway, what is your max setting?

Thanks. 

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Upper body weight training

Hi there, 

i was wondering I'm 6 weeks post implant and wanting to get back in the gym. I love lifting weights nothing heavy but around 10lbs on each arm. I wondered if there was any arm/chest excercises I should avoid due to the pacemaker. I've heard you shouldn't really do 'flys' can anyone out there help? Please don't say to ask my doctor, I like in the UK and had my operation done on the NHS and advice/help is very vague/minimal. Thank you so much&n...

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Recovery expectations

Hi, I'm a newly wired body. I have found this site to be a real comfort and source of information as I go through this experience. It's nice to be able to read practical and real life experiences rather than just the medical side of things. It gave me a better handle on the panic that set in when the idea of a pacemaker was first suggested to me.

I was hoping someone could help me with understanding what I should expect now that I'm wired. I had my PPM installed on 23/3/17 a...

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swimming

I had pacemaker installed 3/3/17. I also broke my right wrist (had to get pacemaker before wrist surgery could be done because of low heart rate with anesthesia).  I used to swim a lot (my entire life, I'm 53), now I'm worried I won't be able to do anything in the pool between wrist and pacemaker!  I'm not fast, never have been, but I love the water.  I used to do a lot of freestyle and backstroke, and if I have to reduce pool time, that's fine, but I'm...

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Newbie

Got my pacemaker on Thursday April 6 2017.  Still in denial that I needed one but went with what was best.  Feeling good, not much pain just a dull ache in my shoulder.  Keeping the arm as active as possible without reaching above my shoulder height.  I love to play tennis every day so the 6 weeks will be a real downer.  Hope to be back playing asap.  Do other tennis players have any advice on things I should be careful about when starting back?

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