Most Recent Messages in Exercise & Sports

Parachute jumping with a PM

I am now 82 years old and hade a tandem parachute jump for my 80th. Birthday. I was told that I should not have done that with a pacemaker. As I am now 100% paced after having an AV ablation. Can I still go for another parachute jump at 3000 ft. ? I had no problem before but now ?

Any advice would be welcomed.

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Elevation change?

Hello again, 

I have a quick question for any hikers with pacemakers out there. In a few weeks, I'm going to Colorado  and will be hiking in some of the mountains up there. Apart from not being in great shape since my last surgery and due to the elevation change, I was wondering if anyone could give me any tips or tell me how the elevation may affect me. I'm from Georgia, if that gives you any kind of hint of the type of elevation I'm used to! 

Thanks fo...

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bagpipes

Hi all, I am a fanantical bagpiper.My CRT P is a month in and I am wondering about opinion when I should start playing again..? I have been given the aok by the device technician.However the drone stock edge sits right on the wound which is quite painful at this stage.Piping requires an unbelieveable amount of thoracic movement and blowing force for the bag to stay inflated.Any pipers out there with any advice please thankyou..?

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Fightsport with pm in abdominal muscles

Hey guys,

I have a pm in my abdominal submuscula, or in normal words, beneath the muscles of my upper abs. The placement is just under one of my ribs. I got my pm in 2012 so it's been a while now and I am completely used to it being there and mostly know what I can and cannot do with it. For example, I know I can work out and lift heavy weights with it just fine, but I cant trains abs with added weights or ab-weight-machines, or else my pm will displace. Lately, I've been very i...

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Pulmonary Function Test

I had a full - on Pulmonary Function Stress Test preceded by a spirometry test yesterday.  -  I was wired into this, that, EKG belt, mouthpiece, BP cuff, Oxygen sensor and a few other items while on a treadmill. HMMMM--- good thing treadmill use is part of my daily exercise regime!  Treadmill started slowly, - 1 mph -  @ no incline, and for the next 15 minutes it was ramped up to 4 mph at an incline of 15.  Yeah, it got me huffin' and puffin'  -...

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Exercise after pm implant for total A/V block?

Hey all, this is my first time here. I received my pacemaker on August 1st this year, after being hospitalized with level 3 A/V block, suspected to be caused by Lyme Carditis, though I do also have Fabry's Disease, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, so it could be any of those.

Anyhow, my pm is set at 60bpm, and is a dual chamber. Whenever I am doing any activity where my heart rate gets up (I'm not sure of exact bpm, it may vary?), my heart feels very strange, the beats are very...

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Re biventricular pacemaker

Hello. I have just booked in to have a biventricular pacemaker. I have been enjoying crossfit for a year and am very keen to continue. I have been reading through some of the posts about returning to crossfit with a pacemaker. I just would love to know does it matter what type of pacemaker it is or do I have every chance of returning once I have healed and comfortable to do so. I actually did mention to the doctor to place the device under muscle so I can do as much movement and not be too re...

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trekking in high elevations

Had my pacemaker inserted Feb 2018 and about to trek to Everest Base Camp in Dec 2018.  My cardiologist says I'm good to go but I'm soooo nervous.  Anyone else make this trek and what wonderful information can you offer?

Thanks!!

Elizabeth

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Pacemaker & exercise

Recent recipient - 3 weeks on.  Want to get back into exercise, especially my bike.  I did ride everyday up to 30kilometres.  Doc says I can start again slowy this week but I'm a bit anxious about it. Any cyclists with advice?

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Scuba Diving

Hi all,

just typed scuba dive into search and nothing came up, although I am sure this may have been discussed before.

My question is...

Can you Scuba dive with a PM? If so, are there any restrictions? Depth etc.

Ronaldo

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Fitness Watches - A Personal Experience

Hi

I have referred to this previously but now have more definitive information on the accuracy of  a Garmin smart watch - at least in my instance.

Aged 73 I was found to have, without symptoms, extensive arterial plaque a couple of months back.  ECG showed 1st degree heart block; Echo and stress tests were fine. My statin med was doubled but no other action taken.

I've long been a walker but "stepped it up" and bought the watch as well.

A f...

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Backpacking & Other Athletic Pursuits

New to the club..... but, I have had a long history of syncope. Almost always while seated. Over the last few years the consequences of my syncope got more severe (concussion, broken nose with black eyes) and then last year I passed out while driving a car and ended up with a collapsed lung. It was at that point that the doctors stopped passing it off as "just normal fainting" and I was given an internal loop recorder. After over a year of no events (which was strange because the ye...

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Hot Tub

Any rules or warning about going in a hot tub?

 

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Billiads

My question is – Would I pull out or damage the leads to my pacemaker?

I have played 8 ball in league for many years but with all the stretching across the table with the arm that the Pacemaker is on can't be good for the leads. In play and practice (three to four times a week - for a few hours at a time), I would repeatedly have my arm stretched out and very much above or at the shoulder height but in a forward laying position over the pool table.

 

Let me ad...

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Shotguns

My pacemaker was placed to clear me for urgent surgery. I told surgeon I was a lifelong sporting clays shooter and upland hunter who shoots left handed and he thought it wouldn't be in way. (Not a shooter). Turns out it's exactly where the stock of the gun is placed when properly mounted.  I want to return to my sport but I'm being told by surgeon and Medtronic to just put the gun on the other side which is no option at all.  I'm exploring low recoiling gun with shou...

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Scuba diving

Hi, had my Sofina KORA 250 implanted June this year. Does anybody know if this device has been pressure tested, and if so, where I can find the data to satisfy my travel insurance company and dive shop. Thanks.

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Fitbit

I am 1 week post op with a pacemaker and looking forward to getting back to being more active Can any one recommend a fitbit that seems best suited to a pace maker

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Has anyone had lead issues becoming disconnected from swimming front crawl regularly for 60 to 90mins as 1 lead dislodged on my Medtronic after 18 months.

I have had it replaced & Cardiologist has said not to swim for 8 weeks. I feel very good at the  moment & keen to keep my fitness up at a youthfull 71yrs .

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cross country skiing

i write from Italy; i practice cross-coutry skiing skating for 30 years, due to bradycardia (34 bpm at rest) i have to carry a pacemaker. Will i still be able to practice this sport as before ?

Thank you

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Lifting weights with a pace maker

I wanted to get back into some weight lifting I have been told that my leads are probabilty scarred on pretty good now had the impant the end of april 2018 for complete heart block. But I was told to stay away from chest excerises due to the possibilty of damaging the leads. My question for all of you who lift weights what excersises and or range of motions can you do and how much do you normally lift with weights. I don't want to risk damaging my device in any way and I would hate to hav...

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