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Pacemaker

I retired about 2 years ago. Now aged 68 and active all my adult life. Played squash, then running till my knee stopped me, then cycling, now golf.  With gym work to maintain strength base.

Bradicardia kicked in last week when collapse with HR dropping to 25 or below precipitated implant of pacemaker. No warning and lucky to be here.

Keen to find rehab programme to get me back to fitness safely. Currently walking 1 to 1.5 hours most days.

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Rapid Rate Response Settings

I can do 30 min on my NuWay T-5 cross train  and  my Rapid Rate Response Sensors are set at Auto.  My  pulse stays between 69 to 72.  Anyone have similar situation and what adjustments were made.

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Using a Garmin Fenix

Hi all,

I'm looking to really treat myself to a Garmin Fenix 5x. Can't seem to pin down if this would be a good buy or not. I've read that the heart monitor part doesn't work well with a St Judes pacemaker. Mine is PAS one wire type. The other thing is I wear it on my right wrist as I'm left handed. So would this help me? Hope this question doesn't sound to silly but I don't know who else to query this with apart from the hospital when I have a check up...

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Dizziness during exercise

I got pacemaker implanted after couple fainting with loop recorder showing 27 second flatland.  This was a year ago. I still get dizzy during an exercise even after 10 minutes if I exceed approximately 120 heart rate. My cardiologist doesn't know why. I had this problem before pacemaker implantation but very sporadically and to much lower intensity. I have attributed it ti first degree AV block but it did not bother me as much as it does now. I was athletic doing half ironme no and h...

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Half Marathon Time Goal - Garmin heart rate monitor

Hi ! 

I'm new here - just discovered this group while searching for information on heart rate zones with a pacemaker.  So happy to know there's support for people like us :)  

Me in short - I'm 37 (female) and have had my pacer since 13 years old.  I have complete heart block (congenital) with my bottom chamber being 100% dependent (top chamber is not). I just received my 4th battery this year (March), 6 months before completeing my&n...

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Lead Extraction and Running Again?!

Hello, I have an ICD for VT. I had an ablation two years ago which took care of my VT.  I had a scar of unknown origin which they believed was caused by an old virus. I have been running and without meds for two years, no events!  I have an ICD now as a secondary precaution. Anyways, my ventricular lead has been slowly declining in function. I just found out that they need to replace it now because it is showing more noise than usual and my ICD could shock me!   It sucks becaus...

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Pace maker

Hi all,

i am an experienced runner with a resting heart rate of 50 however I have recently been diagnosed with Second degree block as my heart rate sometimes drops to 31. Needless to say I had a pace maker implanted three weeks ago set at 60. Is this too high considering my normal heart rate is 50. I have just started jogging again in anticipation of running hard again at 5/6 weeks. My appointment with the cardio physiologist is on 30 Nov. Any advice please

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Exercising when 100 % dependent on pacemaker?

I'm a 50 year old man with a pacemaker for approximately 7 years. I'm 100 % dependent on the pacemaker for 3rd degree AV Block. I'm a life long exerciser, running, biking, lifting weights etc.

Very often the day after exercise I experience more pvcs than usual. For example a 30 minute run/walk through the neighborhood. 

I wonder sometimes if I should just stick to walking rather than more intense exercise given the pulse generated for my heart is always artificial...

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Pitching a baseball

My 8 year old son recently started playing baseball, and I am working with him on batting. I pitch the ball to him at a moderate overhand speed. I have a right sided pacemaker and am right handed. I feel some soreness after workouts, but recently started thinkng about whether or not I could be causing lead damage. I have had my pacemaker since 2009, and it has never limited me from anything. Should I even be concerned?

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new member looking for answears similarities?

I'm almost 68 have exercised everyday walking, and macjines 4 days at PF,to keep sugar lower as I have what I consider is serious diabeties.insulin 2000 mg metformin and 10 glipisde every day,can I still walk use machines.Actually feel as good as I did just beore heart shorted out.

 

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Sport protective vest/t-shirt

I'm looking for a protective vest/T-shirt for my 14 year old daughter (she has pacemaker since she was 2y) for her basketball 🏀 training, anyone know where I can buy one or any other suggestions?

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Heart Rate up to 150bpm when exercising

I had a remote PM check on Wednesday. I got a call from the doctor's office and they have noticed some times where my heart rate went up over 150bpm. I asked her to check the times this happened. It’s good to know my cardiologist is on top of things, but I don't think there is a problem.
The reason my heart rate was up to 150bpm is because I have been walking the dog with my son up and down hills. My Apple Watch says I walked the equivalent to 22 flights of stairs in two mi...

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PM playing up....

Hi, I am new to this site and reasonably new to a PM... I have a question in relation to a complication and wondered if anyone else had suffered the same... a little back ground first! 

 

In 2015 I was diagnosed as having complete heart block, my pulse of 28 apparently wasn't good. I was fitted with a PM and life was wonderful, well for 4 months... I had to have a CT scan and during that a cannula became loose and was reinserted, not the best idea as I ended up with...

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I Found A Fix For My Problem!

See my original post here.

Cliff's Notes version: I'm a life-long cyclist who had a pacemaker implanted November 2016 after developing a Wenckebach A/V block. No matter how the E.P. tweaked the settings, I would have a meltdown on my bike after only 20 minutes and would have to turn around and limp home.

Between my cardiologist and the E.P. they tried everything: echocardiogram, cardiac cathete...

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Dizziness after exercise

hi, I am keen cyclist and can push myself really hard on the bike, I usually average 120 miles a week.

I have also had this happen but I now make sure to take in at least a litre and a half of water per ride with SIS electrolytes tablets.

It works for me so Giive it a go and, good luck.

robocop

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Dehydration

I am new at this, so try to overlook my mistakes. But recently I have had sensations that I had before my pm, like dizzy, sweating, feling like I am going to pass out. i have a monitor that I can send transmissions directly to my Dr. He called today and said he did not see an problems, but possible severe dehydration, that could be causing the symptoms. Has anyone had this problem after exercise or intense yardwork? Thanks.

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newbie Q on sports

Hi here!

I just had my pm implanted last Sep 24. I am aching to play table tennis. Is it okay?

Honestly, it is a funny question for the doc should have cleared me on this. Problem is the doctor is very unattentive after the implant. Am getting frustrated cause he hasn't finished even the card or the docs needed for airports. This is one problem in this country, Saudi. The docs seem to just do not attend much to post care. 

so i came to know this group. Hop...

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Cosmetic concerns

Hi all.

Im brand new here. Got my boston scientifics pm in 2012 and Im 43 going on 44. Have had one incident or shock early in 2013 during a period of strenuous exertion. Recalibrated the unit and since then I have had no incidents, radically changed my diet and started excercising. The results of these changes have been fantastic to say the least. I have increased my fitness level enough to run two half marathons the previous two years and one unofficial self tracked full mar...

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Exercise bike

Does anyone know if it’s unsafe to use an exercise bike that has magnetic resistance? It basically has a big magnet in the case inbetween the pedals. 

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Heart Rate Watches and devices

I am 3 weeks post ops. I am very active and would like to get a heart rate device, such as a watch. Are these safe and what brands are best?

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Your anxiety is normal. It takes some of us a little time to adjust to the new friend. As much as they love you, family and friends without a device just cannot understand the adjustment we go through. That is why this site is so valuable.