Most Recent Messages in Exercise & Sports

update and a 1/2

Hello Everyone,
This wednesday will be 6 months for my pm. Today I finished a half marathon without needing to stop. I happy with that since I had a chest cold that required my to leave a trail of. . .you know. Anyway, Thank you all for the encouragement. I hope to encourage others. Leading up to my PM my physical symptoms werent' all that severe compared to others. I got a dual lead pm for sss resulting in bradychardia. But the anxiety was tough and at the start of the race I was b...

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Climber again

Thanks for your replies. I had my first post surgery meeting with my cardiologist who still felt I should quit climbing. He said it was the same as weight lifting and neither should be attempted because of the potential for lead dislodgment. Reading that other people still continue to weight lift I feel he may be too conservative. I posted a climbing with icd question on a climbing forum were a cardio physiologist responded that she felt she would be more concerned about an incident when cli...

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Swimming

Hi,
This is my first post.I had my P.M installed in March this year after some palpitations and very occasional dizzy spells.It has been an experience over the last 6 months and I'm finally getting into full swing with my exersize.I want to swim but am not sure about the risk of lead dislodgement or crushing.I am also confused as to the weather or not I should do weights.

Cheers
Pete

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weightlifting

To Mr Boatman,
I received your message in regards to weightlifting. You mentioned you have full range of motion with no weight restrictions. Could you tell me how intense are your workouts and what weightlifting movements do you perform?
Thank you,
Charlie

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weightlifting

Hi....Im a 52 year old male and had a pacemaker put in om Aug.24th, 2007. My question is this:
I have been lifting weights my whole life even competiing in powerliting. Once I give myself the necessary time to heal, will I be able to continue my weight training?
Thank you,
Charlie

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Any climbers out there

I am new to this site and have posted this thread on two other forums before I found this sports thread. Sorry
I just got my ICD defibrillator 8 days ago for Vtach diagnosed last year, VF two weeks ago and external defibrillation . 55 years old . I have been a avid rock climber for over 30 years having enjoyed all aspects of the sport. The last few years I mainly sport climb (5.12a/b)and boulder. Does anyone still climb as hard as they did before surgery? How about indoor training , any...

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Just in time for hunting season!!!!

Howdy from Texas,
I'am new to this game, Been told a pace maker is in my future, will see the doctor oct1 for the determination. This pm might end my career in the fire dept. I also love to fish and hunt. Any hunters out there?.

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Elliptical?

Hi- do you guys know how long we need to wait until doing the elliptical trainer (the one without using your arms)? I am walking and riding the bike and it feels great! I am anxious to do the elliptical. Also, any hints for sweating to keep the area dry? I know that I need to keep it covered in the shower for a month but does that also apply to sweating? Any ideas?

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Backpacking

Hello I love to go backpacking but after a recent trip to isle royal national park I'm afraid I'll never be able to do more than day hikes. I could never get my pack in a comfortable position that didn't irritate my pacemaker site so I ended up wearing the shoulder straps down around by upper arms which was brutal. Has anyone out there found a backpack that's design is pacemaker friendly? I've looked at lumbar packs but haven't found any with a capacity for more than just a day hike.

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Thank YOu For THe GREAT Comments Everyone!!!

Thank you everyone that commented about me riding my Seadoo again! It makes me feal GREAT to know that there are alot of us "Young" folks (lol) still having a great time! Many of you sound like your even more active after pacemaker implants. WOW! God Bless and KEEP YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR!

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exercise restart

I have a Class I heart block which is being corrected with a pacemaker. I am inerested in the experience of others as would regard exercise restart and any limits that are known. I do use a pulse monitor during exercise and adhere to aerobic pulse rates.

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Hey! When can I ride my Seadoo!!??

My doctor thought I was crazy when I asked when I could ride my Seadoo again! Whats the big deal?? Am I correct in assuming I will be able to do everything I could do before, after I heal? Hey everybody out there in internet land. Tell me the great stories of the sports you still get to participate in and all the fun you are having, even though you have a pacemaker! Help! I need to hear something great! Also, is there any other 50 yr olds or younger, that have a pacemaker?? Everyone, keep your s...

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Get back o it.

Hi! I am a 27 year old female and I had a pacemaker installed last week due to a slow heart beat and complications due to that. I have always enjoyed exercising and was wondering how long you waited until you got back into it. I don't want to get too out of shape so would like to start back soon. I really would like to use the elliptical or run. I feel great with the pacemaker, save the terribly sore shoulder that I am sure you all experienced. Any suggestions?

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upper limit

Has anyone found the upper limit on their pm impairs there ability to exercise? When I run it seems that I have a real hard time catching my breath. If I slow then I can catch my breath.
I have asked the tech to turn off the upper limit on the pm so that my bpm can go as high as it needs to. But she seems reluctant and has it set at 170. It hink my heart wants to go higher.
Is it possible to turn it off? What is the upper limit that others have? My diagnosis is sss resulting in b...

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Golf Swing

G'day, newcomer from Australia here. Had an ICD implanted a week ago.

Feeling pretty good and as a golfer, keen to get back into it.

Read a few posts on here which indicate there should be no problem after a few weeks, but the thing that bothers me at the moment is that it would appear that the device will actually get in the way of my swing.

I'm right handed and the implant is on the left pectoral, and when I take my left arm across my chest, my stretch is r...

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Confused about type of sensor

Hello club,
I am scheduled to recieve a PM next month. I enjoy running and cycling alot. I only have slow resting heart rate. So far, my rate climbs normally when excercising. What is the best sensor for runners and cyclists? Accelerometer? Or minute ventilator?


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pacemaker replacement

i just had my pacemaker replaced on 7-19-07. the leads were fine so they were not replaced. how long before i can start running and weight lifting again. do i have to wait 6 weeks like the original operation? thanks

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Football

Someone mentioned playing football 3 times a week. Is that full contact tackle? My son is considering playing high school football. Has anyone else done that - any problems?

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increased HR while walking


Pacemaker 2.5 weeks. Atrial and ventricular lead. First checkup showed ventricular lead using too much energy. Will
recheck in one month.Question why does my heart rate go up so quickly with walking.Previously with my bradycardia I
had difficulty getting rate up to 80's. Today on treadmill at 2
miles per hour rate went to 106.Asymptomatic. Will be checked next Tuesday. Any thoughts on this.

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increased HR while walking


Pacemaker 2.5 weeks. Atrial and ventricular lead. First checkup showed ventricular lead using too much energy. Will
recheck in one month.Question why does my heart rate go up so quickly with walking.Previously with my bradycardia I
had difficulty getting rate up to 80's. Today on treadmill at 2
miles per hour rate went to 106.Asymptomatic. Will be checked next Tuesday. Any thoughts on this.

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My eight year old son had a pacemaker since he was 6 months old. He does very well, plays soccer, baseball, and rides his bike. I am so glad he is not ashamed of his pacemaker. He will proudly show his "battery" to anyone.