Most Recent Messages in Exercise & Sports

Questions about the specific risks of contact sports (like BJJ) with an ICD

Hi everyone,

I'm new to the forum, but I did my best to look for posts about participating in martial arts, combat sports, and contact sports generally before posting. I have an ICD to shock me if I go into vtach/vfib, and I'd like to get back into activities like weight lifting and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) if I can properly assess the actual risks involved. I know this has been discussed and I apologize for creating yet another thread, but technology changes, research on risks...

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New Pacemaker - What Qs would you ask?

I'm a 52 yo female, avid distance runner (marathons and trail ultras) and casual CrossFitter. I'm scheduled for pacemaker implantation next week to address sinus bradycardia/sinus pauses with a competing junctional rhythm, plus a marked first degree AV block. A treadmill test revealed a possible left bundle branch block, as well. A holter monitor also showed evidence of SVT, but those readings apparently came at the end of my long runs so my cardiologist wants to reevaluate those afte...

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New pacemaker

Hi, I received a new pacemaker yesterday, Sep. 30th. All went well. I am a 64 year old male. I am runner and the dr set my pacemaker at a low of 60 and a high of 140. My RHR had been in the low to mid 30's over the last 3 months. Prior to that it had be in the low to mid 40's for about 7 years. My dr. has not told me how long it will be before I can run again, I will see him in the next 10-14 days. Are any of you runners and how long after you got the pacemaker before you were able to...

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Pedometer / Calorie counter

My dad has a St Jude pacemaker. He's looking for something to help him track his distance / calories burnt during his long walks. We were looking at something like the Garmin Forerunner 55 or similar. However, I'm told they don't work well with pacemakers. Are there any consumer devices we can get for him that works correctly for people with pacemakers?

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Vital Beat backpack

Anyone used the Vital Beat  back pack custom shield with a heavy back pack (40-60 lbs)? Paceguard does not do well for this heavy of a pack. Any feed back would be appreciated.

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Pre-workout

Hi guys! 

I am a 24F who recently started doing CrossFit about 4x a week. I was looking to see if anyone has any suggestions about pre workouts to take?


I know due to my heart condition (HCM)  I have an ICD. I can't take the typical ones with a lot of caffeine and all the other ingredients that raise your heart rate or make you jittery.
 

I have spoken to my cardiologist before and all he asks is that I give him the name of t...

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HEARTBEAT SETTING

My device was implanted in Feb. '22.

The rate Response setting has been set off. The heartbeat settings are 60 low, 130 high.

when I walk fast at a pace when earlier(pre-pacemaker) the heartbeat would have exceeded 130, I get out of breath with tightness in the chest, but the heatrbeat is only around 60! After resting a while, when the tightness in the chest eases, the heartbeat measures arond 100 which seems normal. What causes the artificial situation of breathlessness...

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A-Fib

I got my pacemaker 3 months ago and since I went back to working out/strength training I have issues with dizziness and a-fib that I did not have before the pacemaker.  Still not to the level I was at before the pacemaker and wondering if anyone else has had this issue.  Also my pulse goes way high (above 150 BPM for some of the workout but not for the whole time.

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Returning to triathlons after pacemaker insertion

Hi Everyone

I am at 4+ weeks post pacemaker insertion and haven't felt this well in ages! Sick sinus syndrome and progressive reduction in heart rate (especially with exercise) was not an expereince to be repeated.

A keen triathlete, I have slowly restarted training over the last 2 weeks and am delighted to see that my heart rate can actually rise above 100 with exercise! Currently, my Boston Scientific pacemaker is set to accelerometer mode, which as noted by many on the...

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Garmin watch with pacemaker

My dad is a 75 year old with a St Jude pacemaker. He had his first pacemaker installed 18 years ago, and it was changed 5 years back. I'm thinking of getting him a Garmin Forerunner 245 or similar - something to monitor his heart rate and blood oxygen levels, specially when he's out and about. I'm seeing some concerns about smart watches and their interference with pacemakers, and also some issues with double counting. Can somebody with a similar watch and a pacemaker please confi...

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Medtronic Pacer

Anyone resolved the conundrum of road biking with a Medtronic's pacer?  It accelerates smoothly when I run but the lack of impact and arm movement seems to indicate that I am at rest: my heart rate never climbed over 113.  As a result I was lightheaded and my legs were rubbery. 
 

I'm open to suggestions as I see my electrophysiologist later this month (September). 
 

Thanks!

Dave

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Heart rate when cycling

I had my PM implant 17th June 2022, to overcome bradycardia and sick sinus issues.  Resting HR now 60, up from about 45.

I had been noticing increasing fatigue generally, and as a cyclist increasing struggle to keep up with my mates, especially uphill.

Since the implant I generally feel better.  But I have not gained any noticeable benefit when cycling.  After the implant and when riding, my HR would rise to 130 and then 'flat line'.  The technicia...

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Skiing with implantable loop recorder

Hi all

This is my first post.  My wife has an implanted loop recorder for measuring cardiac activity.  So not a pacemaker (although she has been told she may need a pacemaker eventually).

My question is about going through the skilift card readers.  In Austria where we plan to ski in January next, we have seen signs on the skilift card readers suggesting people with pacemakers fitted should not go through the gates.

Do any forum members have experience of skii...

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Carvedilol (Coreg) and exercise

I (69 yo male) have a BS accolade single lead PM since Dec. 2019.  Recent PM checks show the PM is fine, I'm 100% paced and MV function all the time.  Over the past 6-8 months I have become fatigued and even very short of breath during exercise, to the extent that 1 mile is an effort and going up the long steep hill to my house without stopping is impossible.  To rule out a blockage my cardiologist ordered a cath study; it showed no blockages have appeared or worsen LCA is...

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pull ups

is alright to do pull ups and overtime progress it to weighted pull ups?

i have a dual chamber pacemaker and my ep said no problem but has anyone here experienced something negative from pull ups 

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Heart is weak?

Hello all,  It's been a while since I posted here, but this one can't wait for my own peace of mind. 

I am told that my heart muscles are weak and that is the reason my EF is not improving, I walk and jogg a little daily about 2.5 to 3.5 miles, I do get tired and somethimes I have to stop and take breaks, but I get it done almost every day. So when I questioned my cardiologist about the lack of improvement he told me that the heart is weak and has to work more to provi...

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OK Sporty Ones now that you have your PM....

Now that you have your PM did your exercise experience improve? Do you feel better when biking/running/skiing/hiking etc.?

Please tell your experience. 

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heart racing and pounding feeling in chest

Hi, I'm new to this forum and so glad I found this group to share some of my feelings .  I was recently implanted about 4 days ago, a dual chamber pacer for high grade second degree AV block ( Mobitz type 2) occurring during exercise with HR over 120. I also have tachy brady syndrome wherein my HR sometimes keeps rising even on minor exertions like walking up a flight of stairs and then stay high around 120s for a good half hour before gradually slowing down...

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Walking and HeartRate

68 year old female that had PM inserted on May 5, 2022 due to SSS and AFIB.  Have been walking around stores with moderate increase in heart rate.  Today decided to walk down the street, a short walk.  Got back and heart rate was up to 128 which has upset me as It was a moderate walk.  I am trying my best to get moving. Should I be concerned?  The EPNP said to talk with my Cardiologist as everything looked ok to him.  Have any of you experienced this?

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I finally had my pace maker put in a week ago

I am 61 years old and my heart rate when I was younger was 44  and has been 30 since I Turned 40.   I did have some dizzyness when I was mid thirtys.   Almost no symptoms in the last 10 years.  So why did I do it?   Well I learned my heart rate when I sleep is 21 and was 28 at my last check up with the Cardiologist.   He said I could pass out driving or on a ladder.   I was told i would most likely feel better.   ...

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I have a well tuned pacer. I hardly know I have it. I am 76 year old, hike and camp alone in the desert. I have more energy than I have had in a long time. The only problem is my wife wants to have a knob installed so she can turn the pacer down.