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Scuba diving - Sorin Reply DR

So I got my pacemaker on June 5/18. My cardiologist said I'd be able to scuba dive afterwards, and resume all normal functions. I saw him today, July 23, and he told me I could go ahead, everything's good. He was unsure as to the depth the device could withstand, so I called the manufacturer's technical folks and asked. 

I was told that the device is rated for 4 atmospheres of pressure. The Tech man was also clear that I should have the blessing of my cardiologist prior...

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Pacemaker Afib Settings

I am a 67 year old lifelong runner. Went into persistent afib 18 months ago. I have had 2 ablations and a Medtronic Advisa DR2 dual chamber pacemaker implanted 8 weeks ago for bradycardia. My afib load is about 2%, but about half the time when exercising. I have seen some posts that imply that there may be settings that can reduce the incidence of, or interrupt afib during exercise. I see my EP and Medtronic rep in two weeks so I was hoping that any of you that have this particular...

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Exercise 6-Days Post Implant

Dual Chamber implanted 7-11-2018 for heart block/bracycardia.  I'm an active 71.5 male doing exercise that included 5 to 6 days per week spinning 45-55 minutes, HR average 120-122, HR max 162, resting HR 48.  HR now 60.

Can I safely start "light" spinning again, say 15-20 minutes with less exersion, no arm activity just legs and cardio?  Any thoughts are welcome.  The DRs said when I felt like starting up again.  I went thru 4 courses of chemo...

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Problem with stairs?

Lately, I have been having issues while hiking. Steep inclines are not an issue, but once I start climbing stairs, I get all the signs I am about to pass out. It takes about 20 minutes for my symptoms to cease and I am left incredibly shaky. I have not lost consciousness yet, however. I have not had this issue since before I had my PM implanted in 2011. This last episode, I had the foresight to bring a BP cuff. While my vision was too blurry to read, I am told it read 129/30. Will be see...

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Post surgery excercise

I'm new to the Pacemaker Club and figured who better to ask, then people who actually have one. What should I expect when I return to weight lifting and any advice? Prior to surgery, would lift 4 times a week plus 20 minutes cardio. Since surgery, been limited to 40-60 minutes cardio. I'm 57 years old and miss that part of excercising and have been counting down the days (12) till I can start. Thank you!

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No endurance or stamina with after two pacemaker transplants!

Had a pacemaker since 2012 for slow heartbeat due to third degree heart block, then after a couple of years they checked my ejection fraction and found out it was below 40% , they said it was due the to two-lead pacemaker I had and needed to have a biventricular one installed, had ejection fraction checked twice within New one and is up to 60% now but still can’t do any exercise or physical activity for longer than a few minutes, actually I was better with the old pacemaker, and before...

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Heart rate not compensating for physical activity

When I exercise I can not get my heart rate to go higher than 101-105. I know it should be higher than that. I then feel shortness of breath with my oxygen level going down. Also my heart actually feels like it is going much much faster. 

I tried to ride a stationary bike and was going 20mph after 10 minutes hr was 105

Last week I had to climb 4 flights of stairs. Heart rate 101 afterwards. 

Can anything be done for this. I’m not on any beta blockers or...

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Youth sports

Does anyone have suggestions on protective clothing or padding for an 8 year old with a pacemaker in his abdomen? 

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CRT-do docs eventually reduce beta blockers

7 months In I  still get exhausted after exercise.  My EF has improved to 65% and my cardio sort of hinted that we might be able to reduce meds in my 12 month check up.  Does that happen?  I  can excerise moderately but then pay with three days or more of exhaustion.  If I just walk slowly and do some easy stuff I’m OK, but even after weeks don’t feel any increased capacity.  I feel good enough that I want my old life back but...

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Masters Swimmers

I am a Masters swimmer and I have been competing for 11 years. Up until a few years ago, I communicated with 5 other swimmers with ICDs.

I am age 77. They all have stopped competitive masers swimming.

I am looking to communicte with other Masters swimmers with ICDs - all ages.

 

Let me hear from you.

Thanks.

 

Randall

 

 

 

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Cycling

I’m 5 week’s post implant, Medtronic Azure HIS Bundle pacing. I have chronic Afib so I’m 100% paced. Resting rate 50bpm, max 140 and ADL set at 95 and accelerometer set at low.  I’ve been riding my spin bike for several weeks with HR of 85-105...to go much higher I would need to spin at a quicker rate where my PM would realize I’m exercising....more rocking.  Today I went for first ride outside.  The roads in my subdivision or very rough...chip sea...

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Pulling wires

My dd had her pacemaker when she was 3.5 in 2016.  We own a trampoline park and she used to go all the time but one day I freaked out that would jumping on the trampoline pull the wires?? Her doctors are not worried but I think it may happen... has anyone had a similar experience? 

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Fitness device

I am currently using an Apple Watch, and for a few years prior wore a Fitbit. I saw in a prior comment that someone could tell when their heart was in flutter from their Fitbit. I often get alerts from my watch that my heart rate is high, often only 105 or so, or rarely low, 41. How can you tell that it’s not artifact. I know that I will sometimes have a fib. My pacemaker is set to pace all the time. I would love to know if there is a way that my fitness tracker is indicating a fib...

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Planks and push-ups

Hi! I've had my pacemaker for almost 3 months. The past two weeks I started doing a plank challenge, so doing daily planks and occasional push-ups. I've noticed my pacemaker now seems to protrude slightly more, especially towards the top. I don't know that others would notice, but it definitely feels different to me. Just par for the course or should I stop/be concerned? Thanks!

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out of breath

I had the pacemaker implanted in February.  The week before it was implanted I was doing 45 minutes on an episcopal @ 4 miles an hour, getting a target heart rate of 148 and barely breathing hard.  Now the simple act of walking up a couple flights of stairs or a small slope or mowing my small level yard leaves me out of breath. My pluse never rises above 60.  I should add that my pacemaker was implanted because of Vfib not for a slow heart rate,

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Rate response

Hello everyone.

I have a question, hope someone can help.

I had bradycardia. Severe intermittent type 3 complete electrical heart block. Many terrifyimg syncope episodes due to the very low hb below 30.

A medtronic dual lead was implanted August 2017.

Still feeling very dizzy at times and feel like I might start fainting but do not. Feeling okay if I do nothing like sit on couch and watch tv.

The pm is set to 60bpm. My question is when my heart tries to go b...

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High altitude camping

Has anyone had any problems camping and hiking at altitudes above 7000 feet? 

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Contra dance and pacemakers

Hi, folks. I'm at 5 1/2 weeks post-implant, and feeling great. I spent last night contra dancing, a favorite activity. I'm wondering if there are any other contra dancers out there, especially women, or anyone else who may have insight into what I should be able to do once I hit my EP's 8-week (!) limit on raising that left arm overhead. I have been dancing carefully--no twirls, arm-yanking moves, etc. I suspect that even after the 8 weeks, I may not want to try twirls or any othe...

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Scuba Diving

Brand new here. Just got my PM. 65 year old. Pretty active, swimmer, life long weightlifter and athelete. I had regular low heart rates in the 30's for way too long now. It was time to get this done. I did a search for Scuba DIving concerns but didn't see any answers. Is it safe with my new Boston Scientific PM and or are there limits to depths, frequencies...?   Also haven't sked my Dr. yet but how long before I can chase my wife around the house agian? <...

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Pulmonary Function Test in Heart Failure

My heart failure Doc wants a baseline to address how well my heart and lungs are working together.  Typically, I currently do a three mile trek on an Air Conditioned indoor walking track.  No crazy speed..........20 min/mile.  Followed by a 1/2 hour on a "New Step" machine - still, I don't go crazy.  Prior to Jan. this year, I would trek 3 miles on a treadmill followed by 6 miles on a recumbent bike & followed by a mile on the indoor track. IT Band T...

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