Most Recent Messages in Exercise & Sports

Drop in Heart Rate afte riding on Bike Trainer for a period of time

The following is a description of an event that occurs with some regularity. I will be riding on my bike trainer for, say 30 minutes, with a heart rate of ~130-140 bpm. Suddenly, the rate will drop to 70-80 bpm, and stay there. Nothing I do will make the rate increase. Fortunately, it does not affect my ability to continue riding, with no apparent loss in power. Maybe 10-15 minutes laterm my rate will go back up to the original levels.

Does anybody have an idea why it does this, and how...

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Still Feeling Faint

I had my pacemaker inserted due to having episodes of fainting. These faints seemingly happened randomly, but something that was at least consistent was that they'd happen after smoking marijuana. The last episode of this happening was when my heart stopped for 4 seconds, beat a few times, and then again for 6 times, before beating normally again. I had dropped to the ground, falling backwards. I could feel myself feeling faint, and it happened extremely quickly after smoking, however, I...

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How long till can rejoin bjj an only going lightly with instructor

How long till can rejoin bjj an only going lightly with instructor and ovbiously being careful and doing kickboxing no sparring. Obviously will shower before and after. Also did not find a section for tattoos? With medatronic as long as it's five inches away it says its fine also not going near it just the left arm an only going to top of outside of shoulder not on top or anything and down my arm? Washing it three times a day obviously and have other tattoos an know how to take care of th...

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Pace limit

Hi.

I'm new to pacemaker club and really pleased that I can have the opportunity to read of other people's experience post pacemaker implant and maybe get the opportunity to find an answer to my questions.

Having had a Medtronic pacemaker implanted last January I have been able to be a lot more active since my diagnosis of total heart block.

When I try to run however, anything above a brisk walk and I have to stop immediately. Very hard to explain my s...

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Lead anchor moved after exercising

I had my first pacemaker at the age of 4, 22 years ago, and i haven't had really any issues since then.

i've been exercising more during the pandemic, and i just kept doing it. nothing heavy, no gym, just body weight exercises at home. Last week while i was doing some pushups i felt a strange pain/discomfort below the collarbone, close to the pacemaker. i didn't think about it too much, but the morning after, i still had a slight pain/discomfort, so i decided to go to the ER...

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Golf

Does anybody golf. How long after surgery can you star playing again

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Returning to my pre pacemaker race pace

Does anyone have experience with how they've had their pacemaker settings adjusted on the high end to allow for road races?  My legs have felt a little heavy while I'm racing. This keeps happening at about the 9-11 mile mark in a half marathon.  I'm wondering if it can be related to lack of oxygen or something similar to that.

I have a Boston Scientific pacemaker model L331 that was installed about 16 months ago.

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Relocating pacemaker?

Trying to figure out if my request is reasonable and can be done safely? Pacemaker was inserted approx 2 years ago, left side close to armpit, shaving and application of deodorant, under bra strap, etc. touches it.  Exercise causes my left arm to tingle and fingers go numb, yes it’s also painful, it’s on top of fracture in rib.  Asked to have it moved almost from day one.  Have been told repeatedly it’s impossible, would involve complete redo?  Have tried...

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V tach, Semi Vtach, Pre Vtach?

Almost 60 year old now, When younger , did commute year round 4 years never missed a day. Also did 4 long distance  rides with loaded bike, biggest one was 8000 miles Alaska to Boston.  Also did Ironman triathlon, marathons, Mt Washington hillclimb, etc. Total lifetime bicycle miles is approx 55,000, with a few years/periods totally off the bike due to marriage/work/kids/etc. When I am riding, I stack the miles on. 

For the past 23 years have been riding hardboo...

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Body analysis scale

Are the body analysis scale dangerous and interact with the pacemaker?

What kind of analysis scale can you recommend?

best regards 

and best pace and peace

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Motorsport

I had  an ICD fitted 2 1/2 years ago with no interventions in that time.

I have always been an amateur race driver of classic cars and motorcycles but both licence authorities , the MSA and ACU have refused my licence renewal to race due to the ICD even though if I just had a pacemaker I could race

does anyone have experience of this issue . It seems counter intuitive as I can drive / ride on the road with  a DVLA licence

thanks

 

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When can I resume playing racquetball?

Hi, all, and thanks for this wonderful, informative website. I have had A-fib for 7 years, well controlled for the past 2 years with Flecainide. Having been diagnosed more recently with branch block disease and slow conductivity, I was advised that, since Flecainide, by design, slows the signals down, it was contraindicated with conductivity disease, unless a pacemaker was inserted. I had the procedure done on January 27th, and am now the proud owner of a Medtronic Azure XT DR MRI.<...

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Pacemaker settings for sports and fitness

Hi, I am a 56 year old male that is a life long runner and cyclist. I am due to have a pacemaker implanted in 3 weeks. The whole saga started about 6 months ago and I have had 3 ablations to successfully treat atrial flutter and AFIB. I have also been diagnosed with sinus node dysfunction, ie slow conduction. I had one black out episode when I transitioned out of AFIB, and was told that this condition would likely get worse even with the AFIB successfully treated. Also have cardiomyopathy, a...

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Chest strap resolution question

Hi all. New to PMC, very glad to have found this site. 71 yr old male, avid runner, 66 marathons and counting. Some conduction issues (L and R) going back more than a decade, but more recently diagnosed with sinus pause. The PM went in last year, pacing only when HR falls below 50bpm - less than 5%. No issues so far. Somewhat frustrated that cardio team cannot tell me when that pacing occurs - whether it happens during a run, while I'm eating (fainted twice, both times while having breakf...

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Exercise

Does anyone work with a electrophysiologist technician? 

If so how do I find one? I'm not sure my ep had one. 

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SSS AND EXERCISE

GOT MY PM OCT 2023 MEDTRONIC AZURE

I AM 69 YEARS OLD AND DO CROSS FIT (SCALED) 3 DAYS PER WEEK. I NOTICE THAT WHEN I DO EXERCISE MY HEART STARTS RACING AND SYMPTOMS RETURN BUT MY HEART RATE JUMPS ONLY TO 88 AND DUE TO THE SYMPTOMES I  HAVE TO STOP AND WAIT FOR THE SYMPOTMS TO SUBSIDE. EXERCISING IN COLD WEATHER IS BETTER. I AM NERVOUS FOR WHEN IT GETS HOT BECAUSE EVEN IN A HOT SHOWER I CAN FEEL SYMPTOMS OF A RACING HEART. IWILL SEE EP NEXT WEEK. HE HAS TOLD ME RATE RESPNSE IS...

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Power boating /Performance boating

Saw an entry from many years ago but wondering if any new information. We have a Fountain offshore "cigarette boat" which can go up to 90 mph and sometimes can hit pretty hard. Any advice regarding the safety of still being able to run my boat fast? How long after implant should I wait or is it ever going to be safe?? I will of course wear a pad over my device but what about all that pounding around that's so much fun?

Thanks!

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Boston Scientific Minute Ventilation Sensor

Hi! Im due for a battery replacement this year. Im a runner and in addition to SSS I experience chronotropic incompetence and as a result have had to have a lot of adjustments to the rate responder in my PM. I was advised to look into changing from my St Joe's device to the Boston Scientific Minute Ventilation Sensor becuase apparently it is the preferred PM for runners. Does anyone have experience with one of these devices?

Thank you!

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Dizziness and Exhaustion from playing 2 hours of tennis

I have an Abbott labs 2 lead PM2272 Pacemaker inserted in Nov 2021. At the time I was experiencing low heartbeats,  The oacemaker kept it a base of 70.

Within the past several months I started experiencing panting when I warmed on for tennis.  Then I could play for an hour or so without any problems.  Then I would get very lightheaded causing me to act somewhat like a zombie.  Usually after 1.5 hours I would suddenly get very exhausted.  I would complain that my...

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Sorin TEO DR

I am 70 years old female had a Sorin TEO DR implanted 3 months ago for bradycardio and sick sinus node.  I am very active, practice cross country skiing. run. cycle and swim.  I'm not sure if I'm having problems with old age or need my pacemaker readjusted.  Initially when I restarted exercising the pacemaker would immediately pace me to the maximum 160 bm.  While running it would suddenly stop pacing after 5k and I'd have to stop and wait for it to start...

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