Most Recent Messages in Exercise & Sports

protecting pacemaker while exercising

I'm a recent pacmaker recipient (March 2020), now getting back to excercise.  I like cycling, but I tend to be a little clumsy and am worried about taking a fall or hitting my chest hard on the handlebars. Should I be ?  Is there a product people use to protect the area ?

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Who's creating the rate?

So I'm a bit confused about how my rate is being determined. I have a dual chamber PM (Medtronics XT DR MRI SureScan) with leads in my RA and RV. According to my interagation my RA pacing in nearly 100% and my RV pacing is 70%, AP-VP is 70% and AP-VS is 30% with both AS-VP and AS-VS at essentially 0%. So my question is how is my actual rate determined. I know this PM has a Rate Response feature that uses an accelerometer to sense motion and adjust your rate based on that, but I've not...

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weightlifting/powerlifting

Weightlifting (bench pressing, squatting, deadlifting, curling, etc.) have been a part of my life for many years. Will I be able to continue this exercise program after pacemaker implantation? Have any of you continued weightlifting (or had to stop weightlifting) after implantation?

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Silly question

     Hi all, I am a 55 year old male who is very active and only recently had a pacemaker installed for Mobitz II (2 weeks ago). As an example, in the week prior to the procedure I ran a total of 34 miles, went on a 120 mile bike ride and I keep my core toned with 300 pushups 6 days a week. 
     At the 1 week check up the PA doing my first settings check said everything is ok. I asked about running and she said "Cardio is fine, go for it...

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Is PM working? Not sure.

I am 78 years and a life time cyclist. At the begining of April I had a Tavi op and 2 days before that I had a Boston Scientific PM fitted. Tavi to replace my Aortic Valve and PM to prevent HR dropping when at rest. I anticipated a delay to return to training. However, although my lower HR was going to be 50, I did not expect the PM to restrict my HR to mid 50s max. Hence my activities are pretty limited. I am seeing the PM tech. in about 10 days any comments?

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Rapid BPM drop during exercise

So I'm experiencing a rapid drop in rate when I start to get my BPM up during exercise. Once I get into the 110 ish range, I feel some PVC's (heavy beats) and then down it goes. It'll drop down to 90 most times and then others it'll drop hard down to about 70. Sometimes it'll recover quickly, and cruise at 110 again, but there's other times it'll stay low for minutes. Bottom line is I can't exercise and get into the cardio zone at all. I told this to...

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Pacemaker and road cycling

Just had my Medtronic pacemaker implanted May 5th. 2020. I am a very active 80 year old male. Right now the reason Im not working is because of the virus. Anyway thought this would be a good time to get the implant as my heart doc. has been recommending it for the past couple of years because of slow resting heart rate (in the 40's) . So its set at 60 now. Am frustrated because the pacemaker surgeon said no bike riding for 3 months. Road bike not mountain. I just bought a new road bike an...

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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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