Most Recent Messages in Exercise & Sports

Working out with my pacemaker set to higher HR

My cardiologist just approved to increase my max HR from 130 to 150 so I could exercise at a higher level. Before they set it my HR monitor while i worked out would show 125 max and I'd be hitting a wall. Last week they set it to 150 and I've been to the gym 4x since and my HR still shows me hovering at 125. Should I let my doctor know that their change did nothing or does my pacemaker and heart have to adjust? Anyone have advice on this? thanks!

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Garmin fore runner 35 watch

I have a one lead pacemaker for afib and AV node ablation. I am 100% paced. I was wondering if could use the Garmin watch to check heart rate when I exercise. Does anyone know if the watch will interfere with my pacemaker?

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HIIT training and swimming

Thank you again for the great information Ar-vin. I hope you see this message. I’m not certain if the only way we can comment on info given is by PM? It was reassuring to hear your experience. I’m probably much older than you but I feel even if it takes me longer than 6 weeks to get back to pre pm exercise, at least I will be able to do it.  You’re note was very encouraging in a week where I’ve been discouraged. Muchísimas gracias!

 

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HIIT training and swimming

I will receive a pacemaker in July for sick sinus syndrome. I swim daily and wonder how long it will be until I can get back in the pool after pm.

i also do HIIT high intensity interval training both in the pool and while walking. Does anyone have any info on whether this can be continued after pm? 

I’m 72 this month and have always been really active. I still care for 2 horses and ride. My doctor told me not to stop what I’m doing now but will I have to stop afte...

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Leads question

Hi there, 

i know there is a lot of posts on this topic already on here, with very reassuring answers. I was fitted with my device 7 years ago at the age of 40, in sunny Spain. I have weight trained and exercised for the last 25 years so I was devestated when the doctor told me I could no longer do weights. His reason was the constant repetitions would damage the cables. At first he was non negotiable however after a year he said I could do some curls. Fortunately I found this...

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Athletic 52 year old and exercise

Looking for someone who may be in my situation or experience.

I"m 52 years old....I've always had a heart rate in 50's with no issues, felt great... but now bottoming out in low 40's for some reason.  Throughout my years, I've worked out, cross fit, running 10K's, 5 K's......never had issues until last month with getting fatigue with routine activities.  Had a heart cath......all is well other than low heart rate and subsequent fatigue. &...

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splitting wood?

Hello guys...I am a newbie and a (rather) sprightly 81 yr old and I have a peculiar question for all good enough to answer.

I had a PM installed some 8 weeks ago and so far so good. Now the question: is it allright to split wood for your chimney? I play golf with no problem.

Well, I am happy to be with you all

Gben

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Crossfit exercises

I am new to this excellent and very informative forum and would apprciate any help that is available. I am 60 years old and received my pacemaker roughly 8 weeks ago after having an ablation which went south and caused me to have bradycardia. Prior to that I was extremely active on a daily basis, doing a wide variety of sports and exercises such as crossfit. While I'm certain I will have more issues to deal with in the future, presently I would like to know if there are exercises which I...

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CRT-D and Breathlessness

I cycle raced from 10 to my early 60s with some wins and many races that I have learned made life worth living.  In 2005 I had a dual chamber Medtronic inserted and continued to cycle with others.  This pacemaker was replaced in 2012 with a dual chamber Boston Scientific.  This developed 'noises' in the summer of 2015 and my EF had droped below 35 which qualified me for a CRT .  By 'lucky dip' I got a Boston Scientific CRT-D. This was when my exercise toler...

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Exercise

Have had pacemaker for 7 weeks. Can I do garden digging, shoveling gravel, chainsaw work?

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Beta blockers

I turned 70 in March, had a PM implanted in December.  I have SSS, junctional Bradycardia, almost exclusively atrial pacing.  

My brother died from a rupture aorta in June 17.  Having checkups related to his condition ultimately led to my diagnosis, with poor exercise performance being my chief complaint.  As far as I knew, the electrical and plumbing problems may not be related, but who knows.

It turns out that my aorta is larger than "normal" , 4cm,...

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Pacing

Hi

I have a Pacemaker-ICD implanted and for the second time in 3 months I received a call from the Nurse that my report showed that I had a rapid heart rate but it was paced out.

Both times it paced out I knew I was either running on a treadmill or doing heavy outdoor work (sawing and taking down branches).

Should I stop all strenuous activities or just live with the fact that if I do exert myself, I would get paced out. I would hate to just sit around and try not to in...

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Newbie

Hi everyone,

Newbie here.

Was an interesting week, last Monday I fainted while on the treadmill, passed out for less the a minute. Wife took me to the ER as I had CABGx4 last year and was never a fainter.

They did some test, the usual stuff.

On Tuesday the Dr. was thinking an elecrical issue as my bypass was just over a year old, as well as I am a runner and had just completed  half marathon 3 weeks ago.

So he sent me for a stress test, this is where th...

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Golf et pacemaker

Bonjour

Aujourd'hui  ca fait 5 semaines que je duis sorti de l'hôpital. 

Ce matin j'ai  pu faire quelques coups de golf  au sandwedge entre 10 et 30 mètres. 

Et un peu de putting .

Je connecte bien mes bras à  mon torse afin d'éviter  de lever le bras au dessus  de l'épaule. 

La semaine  prochaine je vais  passer aux fers longs  et peut être au...

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DO I need EP Study?

Hello everyone,

First post from a newbie so please be gentle on me, lol.

History

I have been a distance runner for last 12+ years and ran 10+ marathons and numerous half marathons.

Couple of years ago I was diagnosed with CHD and had 3 stents implanted. Subsequently suffered a silent HA which left scarring consequently developed Arrythmia. Couple of months ago during my usual 10K run I suffered syncope out of nowhere and ended up face down first, got some facial scarin...

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Active Triathlete with 3rd Degree Heart Block

I just got my PM on March 29th, 2019.  I was feeling dizzy on the morning of Mar 26, went to work and just blacked out.  My co-worker told me my head hit the concrete and my safety glasses were 5' behind me when I work up.  At the ER, my EKG heart strip showed a 15-20 sec. 3rd Degree Heart Block episode.  They immediately put on pacer pads and told me I will need a PM and I thought they were out of their minds!

After I was admitted to the Cardio Clinic, all the s...

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Four years in

So I'm four plus years into my first PM, Biotronik Eluna-DDR. My doc recommended it because of the rate reponsiveness of the Biotronik technology, CLS, since I am a very active 73 year old (Jogging, gym, skiing). Things have gone pretty well. Each year I push the doc to up my top rate because I seem to (according to my HR watch) be pushing against the upper limit. When running, for  example, I run out of oxygen before my legs get tired. Started at 120, now up to 150. Last t...

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Post Procedure Exercise

Just got my pacemaker in 4 days ago. Walked a couple blocks the last 2 days no problem. Walked 3 blocks this morning no problem. Just walked 3 blocks after dinner and was huffing-puffing. Felt heart " fluttering" toward end as well as had pain just above my stomach and right side of chest. Received pacemaker due to heart rate going low and getting lightheaded. Diagnosed with signal block. Had an MRI, Echocardiagram. angiogram etc. and all showed heart good and no blockage in ar...

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Cyclist Bradycardia/Tachycardia and working out symptoms

FIt, 63, active.  Got a Medtronic pacemaker iOctober 31, 2018 for bradycardia, low heart rate around 40, have been a runner up to half marathons and always did some resistance and yoga.  Docs always thought low rate and low blood pressure was good and was because I was active.  Switched to cycling due to back issues about 18 mos prior to pacer procedure.   Had a syncope episode, in October, was monitored and had another one resulting in the decision to do the pac...

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Choosing a pacemaker that copes with serious cycling?

Retired pathologist, working in Enterprise IT selling £M software packages.

Keen road cyclist, 6years + sick sinus syndrome, given up competitive running (Pilates instead), and my cardiologist has given in and said I can have a pacemaker.  Resting rate about 38, max HR 110bpm which is very limiting.

Apparently some Boston Scientific units support measurement of breathing rate (RightRate-TM) as well as accelerometer for running and swimming.

Anyone with experience...

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The pacer systems are really very reliable. The main problem is the incompetent programming of them. If yours is working well for you, get on with life and enjoy it. You probably are more at risk of problems with a valve job than the pacer.