Climbing Elevations with PM

Hi everyone,

This is my first post because of some password issues I have had. I got my PM in August, 2006 and have been feeling great since. Reading this site has been very helful as it made me comfortable before the surgery.

I am now getting ready to go on my honeymoon in May and hope to do some activities that include taking a ride up a Mountain to see the sunset. My question is whether I will have any problems being at high elevations (approx 13,000 feet). I am a 32 year old male and consider myself to be in a good shape. I am hoping to start riding my bike again now that the weather is getting better.





by jessie - 2007-03-28 01:03:57

phil, welcome to the site. i too received a medtronic pacemaker in august. since i have gone to florida but have not ventured farther nor gone to any heights. some of the younger people may be able to help. congratulations on your marriage and all the best.i somehow think a nurse from australia young has climbed heights. if anyone else can remember her name please give it to phil. she is working there in australia now and may see this. jessieof course carolyn above is a great example but i am sure if your ep has agreed it is a good decision have fun

Pike's Peak

by winelover - 2007-03-28 02:03:25

Hi Phil, I have been to the top of Pike's Peak in Colorado which is 14,110 feet above sea level. My pacer did not give me any problems but I did get out of breath if I moved too fast. Not a big problem, I would go again, so enjoy the sunset.

Go for it.

by bowlrbob - 2007-03-28 07:03:35

I took a trip to Virginia City, Nv. after having the pacer for about 9 months. I was out of breath to some degree but otherwise ok. After a couple of hours that feeeling subsided. Virginia City is about 8000 feet.

climbing elevations with PM

by CathrynB - 2007-03-28 12:03:18

Hi Phil. I've only had my PM 2 months and haven't been that high yet, but I returned home this morning from a 2-week trip to Costa Rica, and we went to the top of a volcano that was over 8,000 feet elevation and I had no problems. I'm planning to climb Mt. Rainier (14,000 + feet) with my daughter this summer, and my EP says that will be fine and I won't have any problems. There's one poster on this site who climbed Mt. Cameroon (over 13,000 feet) recently and had no problems. Congratulations on your recent or upcoming marriage, and I hopy you have a wonderful honeymoon. Let us know how the trip up the mountain goes!
Take care, Cathryn

Climbing over 14,000 ft

by fenix - 2007-09-15 06:09:54

For what it's worth I spent July/August in Colorado and among other things climbed several peaks over 14,000 ft by myself and had no problems whatsoever with the pacemaker, breathing or energy. Only carried a small pack about 12 lbs

I read about climbers with PM climbing in the Himalayas so the peaks in the USA should not present elevation problems
Good climbing.

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