Most Recent Messages in Exercise & Sports

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...


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.


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...


Longest living man with a pacemaker


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.




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...


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!



I had a Pacemaker implanted in October 2019. I have had the first check up and all was well and I now use a Latitude device at home.

The technician seemed cagey when I asked if I could swim again - I'm afraid I'm a little scared of damaging the leads. How long did other members wait until  continuing to swim?


Playing Tennis

Hi, I have been implanted with dual chamber ICD about 6 weeks back , I play tennis almost every day at club level.

Fear of damaging my leads is keeping me away from playing. Can playing tennis cause issues with leads. 

Can anyone kindly advice




I'm new to this forum.  I had a PM implanted mid January, 2020 for a 2nd Degree AV block.  I was feeling it most when I would exercise, and especially heavy weight lifting.  Eventually it got to be all of the time, even getting up from the couch.  I had hit an all time peak with new PR's for myself with lifting and had my sights set on competing in Strongman this summer.  Things have changed a bit now.

My doctor said I can go back to lifti...


Emergency ID while running or cycling

Hi all,

I'm a runner and cyclist, about 10 days into the pacemaker adventure.  So far, I'm pretty happy with it, that 33 bpm hr was getting kind of old.  I've  had a Road ID for about ten years, a handy wrist band with basic medical and contact info on it in case I should ever get hit by a car etc.  I'm just wondering, what do any of you active people use for emergency id?




Very low BP (77/44) while exercising

Hi Again,

I will try to supply you with as much info as I can. I had a cardiac ablation for reducing false beats in myheart on 06-10-19. Initial count was 22,000 per day.

I am down to 3,900 presently with the use of flecainide. I had a pacemaker put in on the same day as the ablation. Base of 80 , max of 130.

I was always athletic with hockey (35 yrs) , power lifting ( 500 lb squats) , tennis, softball, etc. I bring on this drop of BP when I start to do light exercise.<...


Low BP while exercising

Hi All,

w e have the best gathering of experience dealing with medical situations that the average patient could go to for advice or comfort.


High Altitude Skiing and ICD device

Had an ICD device put in June, 2019.  Plan on going sking in two weeks to Colorado.  Height of where we are going around 12,000 feet. 

Other than falling and damaging the device.....should I have any concerns about the device and the altitude?




Wifi ear buds

I am a 68 yr old male,very active.  Tried to wear wireless ear buds for exercising with limited success. I am on my third set of Wi-Fi ear buds and they keep dying.they last about 2 months.

I have an ICD implant that was put in in April 2017. No heart problems of any kind since but has anyone else had the problem of Wi-Fi ear buds not working after a short while.





Not feeling "oomph" while running

Hi All!

  My first post and thankful I found this club/forum. I had a PM implanted in late September 2019 due to syncope/heart rate pauses. I had two quite serious incidences and some episodes in between the two; after the second serious incident I had the PM implanted within 24 hours, so I didn't really have much time to "take in" everything that was happening. There is some neurological relationship to everything which is still being looked into, but at the mom...



Hello everyone I'm new. Had a pacemaker put in Jan 14. Three weeks later had to have another surgery because a lead came out. I don't think it was my fault but maybe when the did the tug test. IV had a slow pulse all of my life had a shoulder surgery on the 20 Dec 2019. A nurse found I was in complete heart block in the recovery.  I'm a vary active person and have some questions that some of you may be able to answer. Can I lift weights,bjj,martial arts, sparring, wrestle pla...


Av node ablation

Hi my 1st post!

Have been struggling for 19 years with afib and flutter. Started while at gym doing weights. 

Had ablations and pacemaker with medication. 

Still was having daily afib episodes.

Last resort was av node ablation 2 weeks ago. This has been brilliant and the symptoms 90% better but more breathless.

Anyone had this done and was this common for you?




Biventricular ICD 100% pacemaker dependent. and Fitbit

I have a Fitbit Versa 2. I had a dual chamber ICD Oct 2018 until feb 2020. Now due to all treatment failures. I have a Biventricular ICD with 100% dependent on pacemaker.  That alone scares me Worry about battery failure and wires displacing. I noticed my Fitbit does not measure HR accurately. When I had dual Chamber ICD, it was fairly accurate. Fitbit couldn't really help as they have not studied the pacemarkers with their devices. This is what they told me today. Any suggestions.


Something to hold ICD in place while running?

Hello! I'm a young male, had an ICD implanted about one year ago after surviving SCA while running. I haven't run since, but I would like to. Whenever I make fast, sudden movements the ICD feels like it's bouncing in my chest in a very uncomfortable way that has prevented me from excercizing. Do others experience this? Can you recommend a certain strap or something to help hold it in place while I run? 


You know you're wired when...

You play MP3 files on your pacer.

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