Most Recent Messages in Exercise & Sports

Weightlifting alternatives

I just had my pacemaker replaced a few days ago. My doctor told me that I should not have been lifting like I have been after he talked to my family after my surgery. I never was told any restrictions before and now no overhead presses (military presses, bench press or inclines) as the repetitive motion would stress the main lead and possibly fracture it. They replaced the secondary lead when they replaced my pacemaker. I have lifted all these years (I am 45 years old) and I have competed in...

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PaintBall

Hi my name is keith am 24 i got my PM on Nov 27 2006....
i been playin paintabll for 6yrs i love it and its a big part of my life.. but i have not played it yet with my PM... maybe im just
Nervous.... like what will happen if i got hit there or what now sould i go out and buy a Chest Protector.... i dont want to give up a sport that i love and injoy

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hot tubs

hi my name is Ashley Amaro I went into a hot tub one day in the summer of 2005 and I also went in a pool too and in a couple of minutes my lips and fingertips turned a blue color after about ten minutes and later that summer I went to my doctor in Boston Mass and I told her and she was shocked she said no more hot tubs I can go in them but then can not be any hotter then 82 degrees please e-mail me a dolphinfan4@verizon.net thanks

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Swimming?

Anyone ever go swimming with their pacemaker? I have been invited to go swimming this summer. I never been swimming since my pacemaker implant and back sugery. They say swimming is good for you. It's been a very very long since I went swimming. It will also depend on my energy level.

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Choosing the implant physician

I have problems with exercising (I have a recent post entitled "Chronotropic Incompetence"). I am asking for some advice on how to go about choosing a doctor to implant a PM. I started with an interventional cardio. who was very open minded in sending me to an EP. It took a couple of years to reach the diagnosis that a PM is what I need. Should I use an EP or the interventional cardio? Should I base my decision also on the device manufacturer used? To complicate things I just read an article fro...

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Golf

Good news. Just returned from my doctor's office after my first visit since the PM was put in on May 10, 2007. After testing the device he told me I could play golf in two weeks as long as I didn't try to act like Tiger Woods! Going to give it a go after six weeks for nine holes.

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Any distance athletes out there?

Hi,

I got my pacemaker implant last year and I'm curious to know if there are other people out there with an implant that run marathons and compete in Ironmans.

It would be interesting to compare training notes...

Martine

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Running After Pacemaker

I would consider myself a good distance runner but, this last year or so I've been having trouble breathing while I was running. I went from running 5min 30sec a mile to barely breaking 7min 30sec a mile. There were a few other symptoms, such as lightheadedness, syncope, bradycardia, etc.., that lead to me seeing my Doctor and the diagnosis that I need a pacemaker. I am 24 year old male, and I am pretty nervous how I will feel after the operation.

I've read a lot on this forum and the...

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hot tub/steam room

Can you use a steam room or hot tub with a pacemaker? j

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Weight Lifting

I received my pacemaker 18 months ago and am starting up a weight lifting exercise program for weight reduction, strength and overall conditioning. Can anyone tell me what exercises should be avoided and why. TIA

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Can I play golf after 6 weeks?

Hi Everyone,
This Thursday will be the last day of week 6 for me, that means I have my PM for 6 weeks now, well almost 6 weeks!
So my question is, can I start golfing? I am not taking any medication or other health issue, all I am worry about is repositioning the PM lead. Mine is VDD single.
Please advise.
Rob

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Marathon success

Had my pace maker fitted in June 2006. Loads of problems for the first 6 months, couldn't run more than a few meters without my heart rate dropping down to below 90bpm.

My cardioligist is brilliant and after lots of trial and error got me running. I finished this years London Marathon in 3hrs 38 mins.

Still having problems with heart rate dropping though if I try to run fast or up hills. My cardiologist is seeking advice but cannot find a solution.

Although I am...

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Help needed

My son got a pacemaker fitted 4 weeks ago and has been told by the doctors that he can got back to football (soccer). we are worried that he might take a knock on it and damage it. does anyone know if there is some kind of protection or guard and where could we get one?

teenteen

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Low Energy Level

10 weeks and its doing the job. I am back to weight lifting and that goes well but the tennis low energy level lack of energy to move fast my serve is not any where near where it was before the Pace Maker. When made to move fast i run out of gas maybe it takes time comments

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Want to run marathon.

I had got my PM Apr 30, 2007. I want to know how soon anyone started running 5k or more in distance? How much improvement should I expect. I am excited about the prospect of how fast I will be running.

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baseball

I "make" my son (12) wear a chest protector (heart guard) when he plays baseball (hardball). Do you know if it is actually necessary? He did get hit last year and we all heard the clunk so were pleased he was wearing it. It is uncomfortable and doesn't stay in place. He is a trooper. Any suggestions?
mechanicalme's mom

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Spring is finally here and it's time for some Golf

7 months post op here with a dual chamber St. Judes PM for a 3rd degree heart block. Had it installed just before October and when I posted then, it was the end of the golfing season here in snowy western PA. It was a long winter and oh did I have cabin fever. Today was about 70 degrees and sunny so it was finally time to test the golf swing... I have read many posts about golfing with a PM in and really had no concerns about it, especailly after 7 months of healing. I did however call my c...

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Marathon Success

Just so everyone knows, you can maintain an active life with a PM. I just completed my first ever 2007 Boston Marathon in 5 hrs with no issues or complications. I also trained with the Polar F2 heart rate monitor without issue. What a feeling crossing that finish line !

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Pacemakers and Sporting Heart Rate Monitors

I've had some troubles with my PM and running (see Breakdown at 130 posting) and have recently bought a Polar F6 heart rate monitor to keep an eye on my heart rate during running, biking, etc. I talked to Medtronic and they didn't think it (heart rate monitor) would interfere with my PM. Polar (manufacturer of the HR monitor) didn't know. Does anyone with a Pacemaker have any experience using a training type heart rate monitor. Thanks.

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Backpacking

I'm a backpacker and was wondering how to protect my PM from a heavy backpack strap. Are there any devices available commercially to 'attach' to a backpack strap that will protect my PM. Thanks for any ideas.

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