Most Recent Messages in Exercise & Sports

exercise question

Hi all,

Been off for a while so good to say hi again.

I know there a few folks on here that work out quite a bit so I have a quick question...I'm trying to find a good ab toning exercise that won't put a lot of pressure or strain on my PM. Mine is located just under collar bone, left side. Crunches are too uncomfortable on the site for now. I need something a little more gentle, until I can work up to crunches.

I am doing 25 minutes daily on an elliptical. Th...

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pacing during "cool down"

Hi!
I'm 6months post-PM, and it's great that it's something I hardly even think about anymore. Due to diagnosis of "osteopenia" (thin bones), I got a really nice eliptical rider, and have been using it 4-5 times/week since the end of December. I worked up my speed slowly preferring to stay on it than try to go fast and hard and injure myself (or faint). Pretty soon I'm going to start increasing my time, but for now I do 15 minutes of work out and 5 minutes cool down.
My question is...

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PM Protection?

I'm thirteen and recently had a PM
implanted in December. Right now I'm
looking for some kind of protective gear
for the PM so I can continue playing sports.
Anyone have suggestions on gear?

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End of the line?

I am addicted to exercise and adventure. I just can't get enough of either, and prior to my PM and a subsequent thrombosis issue, the only thing that kept me from the life of a thru-hiker or RAM (race across America) participant was money and family.

A few days ago I got a call from my cardiologist that I must see him ASAP. He got my latest phone interrrogation and was not pleased with the findings. For the first six weeks after I was stented for a LAD blockage, I obligingly partic...

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Cycling

I am now into my third week since the PM. I have another appointment for fine tuning on the 22nd Feb.

When can I start my cycling. I am walking about 5 miles a day and part of that is up hill.

Am still fighting the fatigue through the Beta Blockers but have reduced the dosage with the say so of the doc.

Any advice.

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pain at pm site

I am 4 months out from pm surgery. I recently started an intermediate yoga class, since I started I have had some chest pain and pain , not soreness on the right side of my pm where the leads attach. I've also noticed my collarbone is sore, and my pm seems to be working more than usual. Is this normal? I have an appointment Wednesday for a pacer check I am going to mention it when I go in. I don't want to seem like I'm overreacting. Sure would appreciate any info.

Margaret

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Protection during softball

Hello,
I plan on playing softball this upcoming season, but my mother's insisting i cover my pacemaker/difribillator with something to protect it from an impact of some sort.

I've never heard of anything which can do that.

Anybody have any ideas?

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magnectic resistant exercise bikes

Hi
I've had a pacemaker for 7 years during that time I,ve steadily gained weight and have decided to do something about it.

I have been looking at buying an exercise bike but they seem to all have magnets in them are these safe to use with a pacemaker?

Thanks

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Bowling!

Can bowling dislogde of break the lead. I am right handed and PM is also at right side. Also it would be great help to know if I can play badminton with my right hand.....

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Newly implanted

Hello--just got a pacemaker on 1/25/08, about five days ago, and go get staples out on Monday, about five days away...I'm sure I'll have many questions over time, but my initial one is: Can I eventually lay on my stomach and get my at least once monthly massage? This is something I thoroughly enjoy and would miss--massage--both sides up! Any advice?

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most insertion running

Hi
I am 4 days post insertion of my pacemaker with SA node dysfunction. Until last Friday I have always run competitavely and trained about 60k a week.
I am keen to get back to racing 10k & half marathons.
Any advice?
With thanks
jkeast@hotmail.co.uk

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Heart rate

My ICD is set to deliver “therapy” (don’t you love that term) at 195 bpm. Well I have to run for work, when I do run I wear a Polar heart monitor to keep track of my heart rate. My question is while Im running if my heart rate hits 195 will I get zapped? The nurse told me I have 2, I guess fail safe features to protect against un-needed therapy. If my heart gradually rises and is steady I should be safe. Its not that I don’t believe her, I just would like to know if anyone has heard of this or s...

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Tested my pacemakers ruggedness

Yesterday I gave my pacemaker a real test! I was out in the desert near home doing some photography and slipped on a rounded rock covered with sandy soil. The result was that my feet went out from under me and I landed on my left side. That would have been enough, but the camera was on a strap around my neck and it was between me and the ground, or actually between my pacemaker site and the ground. I waited a couple of minutes taking my pulse to see if I had damaged the pacer or leads but all wa...

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pacemaker protection?

Hi my name is Lindsay and i just turned 18 and got my pacemaker in october 2007. I have always been involved in gymnastics and skiing but my parents are afraid that my pacemaker will get hit. What kind of protection should i wear and where can I buy it? Should I wear like a hard vest or something?

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Skiing

43 with a PM now for 9 days and feeling good. Back to work now for two days. First beer today! But what about skiing? Dr says no sporting activity/lifting/reaching with the left arm for 3 weeks after the operation, but then "whatever you did before you can do with the PM". What I'm wondering is whether any of you out there have direct experience getting back on the slopes? Its winter and I wanna ski - so do my three girls!!

Same question goes for surfing.....

Steve

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Yoga

Does anyone here practice yoga? Can anyone think of any concerns doing it? I've started yoga and I wonder if all the stretching could cause a lead to come out. I've had my pm for 9 months now and all is fine. Is it ever possible for a lead to pull out, even after it's been in a long time?
Thanks,
Rusty

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diet

Hey I just wanted to see if anyone out there has ever tried the grape fruit diet?!?! It says it a heart healthy diet and the have heart patients who need to lose weight do it. I wanna start and I wanted to see if anyone knows anything about it.

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Would Love Gym Workout Advice

Hello all,
I am 22 female and have had a pacemaker since a baby. (It’s now located in my collar bone). I never was much for exercise but just recently joined a gym. I am getting bored with the treadmill (I do a fast walk then run for about a minute then slow down, then speed back up, etc.) I also do the bike and have taken a couple pilates classes.
My question is what are some other good exercises to do at the gym? I feel like I get too tired on the elliptical and don’t do many of th...

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I'm Implanted! - Day 1

Finally! I had a Medtronics Adapata (RDL model with larger battery-dual chamber paced at 60-104) implanted yesterday. I want to thank everyone here for their support and encouragement. My situation was a problem with exercise (sometimes just plain exertion of any kind) intolerance which led to a lower heartbeat. My real problems started after exercise when I would experience real brady. I also had started experiencing elevated BP (150/100) range.

I got the 2 month sentence (lol). I d...

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Post Implant Exercise

4 days to PM day! It suddenly occurred to me that I did not ask my EP exactly what his prescription for post PM activities will be. I think I remember him saying that after 2 months I could do 'pretty much anything'. I am not a body builder by any means but I hope the usual weight machines in the gym are not going to be off limits after, say, 2 months.

I have one question: I have read all the advice in here about taking it easy post PM to avoid fracturing leads. Does this refer just...

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