Most Recent Messages in Exercise & Sports

Computing Maximum Heart Rate

I had a Medtronic Sure Scan with an atrioventricular lead inplanted a week ago due to bradycardia.  I am trying to determine heart rate workout rates now.  My pacemaker has a low setting of 60 as my heart naturally has a resting heart rate of low 40s/high 30s.  In order to calculate my maximum heart rate I need to know resting heart rate.  Should I use the natural resting heart rate or the imposed pacemaker minimum heart rate (60 bpm)?

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Medical ID bracelet

Does anyone think it's necessary to wear medical ID bracelet when power walking or running?

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Pacemaker implantation decision

Hi

I'm 53 yo and so far have enjoyed a very active life in terms of exercise & sports. Love to run, swim, bike, row, windsurf, kitesurf, ski, etc, etc...

About 6 months ago I started experincing an abrupt lack of energy while running or cycling after the first 10 minutes of exercise, and in coincidence with an abrupt drop in HR from 130 to 90 BPM. I've always been a low HR person and my physician used to attribute it to an athletic condition, but after consulting a car...

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Exercise

hello,

i had my pacemaker put in 3 weeks ago. I was very active until a couple of months ago when the symptoms started and resulted in the need for the pacemaker. I just started walking and did 1 1/2 miles on Saturday and today. The dr said ok to do this. My chest feels a little tight and my breathing is a little labored. Not sure if this is my new normal or if it gets better. Really want to  eventually get back to my jogging, swimming and biking. Anybody else deal with this a...

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New to this situation!

Hi

this is my first post on the site .

Briefly I have been in a fib for 28 years.

I used to be a very good cyclist through my teenage and twenties with no issues and near to competion record for 25 mike time trials . 

My afib started in 1990 , initially paroxysmal then it flicked into permanent AF after a few years .

i coped on rate and rhythm drugs for many years then 7 years ago it was getting very bad and I was virtually unable to do anything strenuous in...

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Compression shirt with pacemaker protection

Hi - Does anyone where a protective shirt for their pacemaker when playing sport? I’ve seen the one in the affiliated store and would like to hear people’s experience / recommendations before buying something. Thanks 

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Weight lifting

Hi everyone,

I was wondering if anyone here is weighing lifting after having a pacemaker implanted, such  as bench pressing,arm curls, back and shoulders,I’m 25 and weight lifting is something I do mostly every day and wish to go back to that .I had a pace maker planted 2.5 months ago.

thanks in advance for the feedback.

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Leads and waterskiiing

Had second ICD put in May 29th.  Checkup last week looked good.  Have a new EPI, but that's for another post.  Anyway, went on our boat yesterday and was trying to teach my son how to waterski.  I wanted to get in the water myself and show him but I hesitated because I was worried if I let go of skis once I got up and slammed into the water that I would dislodge my leads.   I am still a little sore around the site, but that's not a big issue.  A...

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HR is higher than expected during exercise

On-X aortic valve installed on 3 Nov 2017 due to BAV; Pacemaker installed a few days later because of permanent heart block.  I'm naturally paced according to the reports, and I'm trying to determine if the PM is optimized and if there any improvements possible.  I've not had a deep technical discussion with the EP or Boston Sci people, but will in the future.  Next office visit is some months away, though.

Current situation

I've been biking and weig...

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100% dependant and PM cuts out

Hi, Ive had a pacemaker for three years- a result of third degree heart block after a complication from/during an ablation. Basically the bad pathway they were zapping was longer than they thought and when they zapped they knocked out the bottom of my healthy heart. So now im 100% dependant on the pacemeker. The top beats and the PM beats the bottom. Im 47 and was a runner prior to this. After a week in ICU at 20bpm they implanted the top of the line medtronic pm. After that I had persistant...

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Medtronic sensors

Medtronic Axure XT DR implanted 2 weeks ago.  I note a lot of discussion about Medtronic and the accelerator sensor.  Does this model also sense respiratory rate or anything else?  I note that my PM increases HR more going downhill (faster walking) than uphill.

Scheduled Doctor visit is next week.

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Upper body and arm exercises permissable post op

I have had a pacemaker fitted 2 weeks ago and have started exercising by walking and on an indoor bike. I feel great and want to start exercising my upper body.

What arm and upper body exercises are preferable during the initial 6 weeks post op when one cannot lift the elbow above the shoulder?

Any advice is appreciated

Thanks

Laurie

 

  

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Scuba diving - Sorin Reply DR

So I got my pacemaker on June 5/18. My cardiologist said I'd be able to scuba dive afterwards, and resume all normal functions. I saw him today, July 23, and he told me I could go ahead, everything's good. He was unsure as to the depth the device could withstand, so I called the manufacturer's technical folks and asked. 

I was told that the device is rated for 4 atmospheres of pressure. The Tech man was also clear that I should have the blessing of my cardiologist prior...

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Pacemaker Afib Settings

I am a 67 year old lifelong runner. Went into persistent afib 18 months ago. I have had 2 ablations and a Medtronic Advisa DR2 dual chamber pacemaker implanted 8 weeks ago for bradycardia. My afib load is about 2%, but about half the time when exercising. I have seen some posts that imply that there may be settings that can reduce the incidence of, or interrupt afib during exercise. I see my EP and Medtronic rep in two weeks so I was hoping that any of you that have this particular...

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Exercise 6-Days Post Implant

Dual Chamber implanted 7-11-2018 for heart block/bracycardia.  I'm an active 71.5 male doing exercise that included 5 to 6 days per week spinning 45-55 minutes, HR average 120-122, HR max 162, resting HR 48.  HR now 60.

Can I safely start "light" spinning again, say 15-20 minutes with less exersion, no arm activity just legs and cardio?  Any thoughts are welcome.  The DRs said when I felt like starting up again.  I went thru 4 courses of chemo...

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Problem with stairs?

Lately, I have been having issues while hiking. Steep inclines are not an issue, but once I start climbing stairs, I get all the signs I am about to pass out. It takes about 20 minutes for my symptoms to cease and I am left incredibly shaky. I have not lost consciousness yet, however. I have not had this issue since before I had my PM implanted in 2011. This last episode, I had the foresight to bring a BP cuff. While my vision was too blurry to read, I am told it read 129/30. Will be see...

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Post surgery excercise

I'm new to the Pacemaker Club and figured who better to ask, then people who actually have one. What should I expect when I return to weight lifting and any advice? Prior to surgery, would lift 4 times a week plus 20 minutes cardio. Since surgery, been limited to 40-60 minutes cardio. I'm 57 years old and miss that part of excercising and have been counting down the days (12) till I can start. Thank you!

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No endurance or stamina with after two pacemaker transplants!

Had a pacemaker since 2012 for slow heartbeat due to third degree heart block, then after a couple of years they checked my ejection fraction and found out it was below 40% , they said it was due the to two-lead pacemaker I had and needed to have a biventricular one installed, had ejection fraction checked twice within New one and is up to 60% now but still can’t do any exercise or physical activity for longer than a few minutes, actually I was better with the old pacemaker, and before...

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Heart rate not compensating for physical activity

When I exercise I can not get my heart rate to go higher than 101-105. I know it should be higher than that. I then feel shortness of breath with my oxygen level going down. Also my heart actually feels like it is going much much faster. 

I tried to ride a stationary bike and was going 20mph after 10 minutes hr was 105

Last week I had to climb 4 flights of stairs. Heart rate 101 afterwards. 

Can anything be done for this. I’m not on any beta blockers or...

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Youth sports

Does anyone have suggestions on protective clothing or padding for an 8 year old with a pacemaker in his abdomen? 

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Yesterday was my first day mountain biking after my implant. I wiped out several times and everything is fine. There are sports after pacemakers!