Most Recent Messages in Exercise & Sports

Getting back to fitness

Hello there

I'm a 62-year-old, and until earlier this year I was pretty fit, did 1 or 2 5km runs each week and walking/Nordic Walking a lot.  I started getting dizzy spells in the Spring, and in August was diagnosed with complete heart block and fitted with a Biotronik pacemaker.

I've found it really hard to get my fitness back since, often feeling tired (although not dizzy) especially on steep climbs when hiking.  On these occasions my heart rate...

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Pacemaker and Cancer

Are there any distance runners dealing with heart and cancer issues? Four years ago I had a pacemaker implanted. It probably took until this time to psychologically adjust to it. That includes other heart procedures as well. Just a few days ago it was confirmed that I have polycythemia vera, a blood cancer. Is there anyone who runs dealing with these twin issues? How are your medical conditions effecting your running? 

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Marathon Heart or Chest Pain

I have a dual Medtronic pacemaker and I'm 55.  I just ran the NYC Marathon and at mile 22 I had heart or chest pain that really scared me.  I slowed down and finished.  The pain went away after a couple miles.  Is this a concern for future marathons or running?

Thank you for your support

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Pacemaker's effect on VO2 max and value of workout heart rate data

The current settings on my pacemaker are 60 and 165. I recently had a very good effort on my bike and my Training Peaks software gave me a Threshold heart rate of 161. i understand by definition Threshold Heart Rate is 80 to 90 percent of your max heart rate.... and the VO2 bit for me is that my Garmin Software gives me a VO2 max value of 43/44.. Which fo a 69 year old is decent...

... So the question: Is my pacemaker causing my VO2 max to be understated or overstated?

For trainin...

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Abbott Assurity #2272

I am a former elite cyclist now a biathlete and coach , was Diagnosed with AF, Aflutter , sick sinus and wiekieback . .. lots of fun . had an ablasion done to fix the AF and a Flutter ... but it made the other 2 problems worse.  Now they want to put in a pacemaker ( Abbott Assurity # 2272  dual  vent.)

I an aerobic athlete through and though .!!

does anyone have any experence with that Abbott pacemaker ?

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Training

Hi guys just had pacemaker fitted due to irregular heart beat I am 67 and have used weights all my life live for training im

planning on taking six week break and then returning to training taking it slow for first few weeks if anyone has any experience of this could you let me know if what I'm planning is sensible Or what would you advise 

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Massage gun

I have received a massage gun as a gift...... is it safe to use it with my pacemaker?

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Not getting stronger

     Good day. 41F, I have a Bi-venticular pacemaker for nonischemic heart failure.(not sure what's relevant) I have had this device for about 6 months. I healed pretty well, nothing bad. I am trying so hard to get stronger but it just won't happen. I am not doing anything crazy just walking, house work, desk job, cleaning, trying to be normal, not staying in bed but I do not get stronger it's so strange. I have had improvements yes but my legs are so heav...

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Upper Rate Setting for Cyclist Boston Sci L131

I went in for my follow up 11 weeks after implant. I talked openly about my settings along with what some of my cyclist friends have shared with me. Dr said he normally only made 1 change at a time since one change can affect another setting. They changed my RightRate (MV) from 10 to 12. I asked about my Upper Rate which was set @ 140 (I've hit 160bpm a couple of times going hard on hills during mountain bike rides: MTB). ***Dr did say he would increase my Upper Rate to 170 also...

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Unexplained up and down of HR after 30 min or HR >= 150

Hello all,
I have a pacemaker because of an AV Block II/III and I am an active runner (several marathons). My cardiologist and I have completely tested the "MEDRONIC Ensura" as far as the limits are concerned. The pacemaker is set to DDD. 
After a certain time or reaching a HR >=150 the system periodically takes me back about 10 beats and after about 6sec again 10 beats up. (in Polar Flow you can see the phenomenon very well). 
Now I suspect that maybe th...

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Exercising after pacemaker

I've had my pacemaker for over a year now, and unfortunatly I haven't felt any significant improvment.. Aside from my heart beating up to 160bpm, my max pre-pacemaker was about 90bpm on the stress test. Anyways, I have been struggling to pushing myself and get exercise  with my pacemaker. I have anxiety and fear that has been holding me back from  just see how far I can go. This is partly due to the fact that, in previous attempts at working out (brisk walk/jo...

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Aerobic Exercise

Hi. 61 yo, received pacemaker just over 2 weeks ago due to several cardiac arrests from SND. Also managed to get cracked ribs and sternum from CPR and an aspiration induced pneumonia on the way to getting my pacemaker (Medtronic W3DR01 Azure S) so not a fun time. How long before I can start doing non-weight bearing aerobic exercise? Am walking reasonable distances now (up to 5 km) but not tackling any hills.

cheers

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Exercise & Rate Response

Hello, had my pacemaker replaced in January of this year (27F, 3rd degree heart block, based in UK), got a Boston Scientific one, had the rate response adjusted but still feel like I am getting out of breath when walking (not only on hills just out in general if trying to go fast), trying to do spin classes at the gym. I am going to see my tech next week to see if I can get some adjustments but not sure what I should ask for, am I wanting  them to increase the rate response? I also...

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Pacemaker and stairs or hills

40 years old, Medtronic pacemaker for 3 years now, implanted for low heart rate (30-50 bpm), very active before PM, PM adjusted multiple times to continue active lifestyle

I think my upper and lower limits are set appropriately, as is my rate response. I don't have any trouble with exercise, walking, or running. But I get shortness of breath even walking up stairs or a small hill. My family likes to hike and I experience significant heavy breathing and I have to go sooo slow. A...

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It happened again today....

I posted recently in relation to this post, but it got hijacked :)

During another tough mountain bike ride, I reached over 160bpm. This is the 2nd time this has happened in the last 2 weeks. My device is set with an upper limit of 150bpm. In the past when I hit that number, I'd be pushed into a 2:1 and the crappy feeling most of know all too well. Anyway, I'm chugging along at 160bpm with no symptoms and I feel great.

I DO try to avoid hitting that high of a HR. Before, on...

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Cycling

Had my pm 4 years ago not cycled since. Anything to be aware of?

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MTR (Max Tracking Rate / Upper Limit

Well, just when I thought I had this figured out.. I have my device set at 150bpm currently. My EP/tech mentioned raising it again if needed.. I haven't needed to as it's been working perfectly for me between that and beta-blockers I've been able to workout comfortably without getting near the 150bpm threshold and getting pushed into 2:1.

Today, I pushed myself cycling up a hill :) I felt great all the way up. Typically, as I approach the 150bpm, I start to feel something pr...

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Exercise with Pacemaker

Dear Friends,

I have Dual chamber pacemaker in upper left Chest portion.

I want to keep myself healthy and active, hence i decided to go for Strength and bit of cardio workouts. Can you help me with my below questions ?

1: Can we lift normal weights like dumbells, Weight bars and do push-ups with Pacemaker considering it should not harm the leads ?

2: What is the limit for weights ?

3: I get ectopic beats 10-15 times in a day and more when i do some workouts like...

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AV Node Ablation and pacemaker

Hi all ,

Ive just joined the club as i wanted to see if anyone could shed some light on my situation as some of you may have been through it already.

Im 58 and had my aortic valve replaced 3.5 years ago now. Since then i have been in and out of AF. My periods in sinus get shorter and shorter being 2.5 years, 6 months, 4 months and recently 6 weeks. 

Ive had one ablation 5 months ago now. 

I have retired and want to lead an active life running, weight tra...

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Heart rate stays low or drops during exercise

Hi im new to this group - thankyou.

FYI male 60+, 96kgs, regular road cyclist average 10,000km pa for some years now.. Im not elite, dont race anymore but enjoy strong, safe and fastish group rides.. I used to have strong powerful mid game on long rides, but not a climber or sprinter.. 

Two months ago I had a biotronik endora 8 dr-t implanted after 18mths of denial and tests.

My problem was that after cycling for approx 45min my heart rate wou...

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Your pacemaker interferes with your electronic scale.

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