Most Recent Messages in Exercise & Sports

Trying to understand my St Jude (ABBOTT) Assurity Pacemaker Model PM2240

I am trying to understand the terms, and how my pacemaker works as compared to Medtronics. There seems a lot of stuff online about Medtronic but not so much about St Jude. I am a 72 year old cyclist who has great difficulty getting my pulse up when I go up hills. I know that the pacemaker senses movement, which is minimal in cycling. From a previous post, it was mentioned that I should learn alot about my PM and have serious discussion with my EP about the parameters that PM has and how...

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Heart rate monitor that alarms

Hi all. 

I just had a CRT placed 6 months ago for a hereditary cardiomyopathy.  I am currently 58 but have dealt with issues since I was 18.  I have continued to stay very active my entire life despite my heart.  My love is cycling.  Last week I went for a routine ride.  I typically do 20 miles 4 days a week.  Nothing out of the ordinary and I felt great.   Out of no where my debrillator fired and I was knocked off my bike.  It continued...

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orgasms

does my pacemaker record orgasms as tachycardia?  after checking my pacemaker my cardiologist says i have tachycardia, and i was too embarassed to ask if it could be recording fast heartbeat during masturbation.  i'm a 95 year old man, and sex is supposed to be behind you, no?

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right shoulder rehab with pacemaker

Hi had a pacemaker implanted Aug 2019, right shoulder replacement March 6,2020.  Now in rehab phase.  The problem i have is when using left hand to move right shoulder.  Causing my pacemaker to feel like it is moving.  Have had to use left hand in a different position so it does not cross the pacemaker.  The PT gal said no others have had this problem.  When pulling on the pulley have to turn my left hand away from my body.  Am a thin person and ca...

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Horse jumping

After lung surgery in December 2019 low level  arrhythmias were made worse. Now cardiologist is recommending pacemaker.  I have bradycardia and atrial tachycardia and bouts of atrial fibrillation.  I am asymptomatic other than feeling the abnormal beats and pauses , sort of freaky waiting for next heartbeat!    Dr believes that I am at high risk for trauma and bleed if I fall off my horses or horses fall with me as I am on Eliquis. So Dr goal is rather than wait...

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Excercise

I wonder if I can do the 1st and 2nd exercise in the video with the broom stick because I have a pacemaker attach near my left colarbone.not sure if its safe because i dont want the lead to snap or move on wrong position.I want to do this because i have terrible round shoulder and its making my posture bad aslo my doctor said not to do intensive work out and avoid exercise that have to much repetetive movement on the side of my pacemaker so im not sure what to do also what amount is not inten...

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Return to Exercise

What's been your return to exercise process? I plan to talk to my Cardiologist/EP and get the ok first. It's been a month and was told 4-6 weeks. I am currently booked off work and wanting to get back at it. So I am looking at getting a referral to a Exercise Physiologist. Has anyone been referred to one? I've read a lot of posts with concerns about heart rate. How has everyone managed? Are there any ah ha moments worth sharing? I've read about cycling. I love m...

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Cycling heart rate

I am 72 years old and been cycling for 17 months, did 2200 miles last year and 400 this year. It is April in Penna.  I am struggling on hills and this manifests as not getting enough oxygen; really short of breath on hills. My heart rate does not increase at a rate that correlates to my exertion.  Throughout the winter I did SPIN classes 3X week, HITT on a stepper machine and rowing machine (same results) and EWOT on the stepper machine (the 90% oxygen worked well).&n...

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Sports and ICDs

Hello, I've just had an ICD fitted one month ago and so far so good. 

I've been searching for answers to a few questions but there appears to be no information available so hoping someone might have some answers. 

I play a combat shooting sport called airsoft, we use replica weapons that use 6mm plastic pellets to "shoot" each other. Obviously protecting the wound site is crucial but my questions relate more to electrical interference of my device. ...

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Swelling

Hi Everyone!  I am five weeks post PM fitting.  Prior to the PM, I was very active and taught a number of fitness classes a week.  Two days ago I started light weight lifting again as well as running on the treadmill.  Today I notice that there is a bit of swelling around the PM site.  Is this normal?

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One more time - meaning of ADL and UR and what is wrong with my PM settings?

Hello!

I have a Medtronic Azure PM and am trying to configure it so that I can get back to all my physical activities again. It's been a difficult journey and my case is particularly complicated. 

I bike, run and play tennis and the PM wasn't smart enough - so we have turned off the automatic rate optimization and it's been helpful to some extent.

The problem I am struggling with (and trying to solve) is that I cannot run without stopping

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Scuba diving

I have always been advised by doctors and nurses that I shouldn't scuba dive with a pacemaker/ICD, however I saw a post here showing lots of you all scuba dive.

I always took the advise I'd been given, but it's clear that isn't the whole picture.

What are peoples' thoughts on scuba diving? 

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Pacemaker and PHYSIO STEP LTD

I was told that those machines have electromagnetic resistance and should not  be used by people with pacemakers. Yet when I was in the hospital and rehab I was using them on manual setting. Is PHYSIO STEP perhaps different than SCI LIFT or NUSTEP which hospital and rehab had?

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New Rowing Machine and Irritation

I just got a very nice acqua indoor rower three days ago and have used it a bit..

After working out a little after 2 days I noticed that I felt some irritation inside my chest close to the incision. Have had the pacemaker since July 5 of last year.  I have stopped using the machine because I thought that, perhaps, the resistance I had it set to was too heavy, at this stage. I have lowered the resistance but have not used that setting as yet.

I know others are using rowers suc...

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ejection fraction fell to 40 post placement 2 lead pacer.

My EP suggested a bivnetricular pacemaker after a drop of my ejection fraction to 40 post two year placement of my original L311 Boston Scientific device.  There is no infarction or damage and the original two lead placement was for a a type II block, bradycardia. Has anyone gotton a boost feeling better when a triple lead pacemaker has been installed.

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Elliptical trainer or Rowing machines?

Would be great if PM club members comment in order to help me to make decision regarding physical exercises.

Status: I have PM implanted 5 years ago. There was found a problem with one lead (was "loosing a signal" ) 1/2 year ago. After a very detailed check (incl. contrast computer angiography, ecografia etc.) nothing found - no dislocation, no broken lead (that could be visible; probably some problem inside of electrode). Moreover, due to all parameters during 5-year che...

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Longest living man with a pacemaker

https://thedailynews.cc/articles/greenville-man-living-a-healthy-battery-powered-life/

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Bundle of HIS Pacing - Lifting Weights

I know there is alot of discussion on weight lifting but I was told today that I have to be extra careful because the bundle of HIS lead is more likely to dislodge?  Anyone have any experience with this?

I am 7 months post bundle of HIS lead revision, and about 12 months post pacemaker.

Thanks 

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www.paceguard.com

paceguard

Found this from a 2011 posting!  Anyone know of other GOOD sites to buy pacemaker supplies from?  Is there a vest you can buy/wear temporarily to protect your pacemaker when you are operating a chain saw or working on a car to protect you from Electromagnetic fields ?

by ZoieS - 2011-09-19 03:09:13

There is a product out on the market specifically for pacemaker protection. It's called Paceguard. It has been used for sports or...

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Share weightlifting lifts

Hey all- I'm 10 months from when I got my battery buddy and thinking about getting started lifting again. EP says I'm good to go, told me a few "don't do" lifts. 

But wanted to hear from the community what lifts do you do? I'm not looking to be the Hulk, but it would be good to do some lifting (I currently run and play tennis frequently).

If you are willing to share your regimine with me I would appreciate it!

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