Getting Back to Running
Hi all. I am a newbie, with an implant date of 7/18/19. Sick sinus syndrome, bradycardia...with very mild heart block. I have a Biotronik Edora 8 DL, that is set at 50 lower level and 160 upper level. i am 59 years old and have always been a recreational runner (mostly 10ks and 10 milers) biker, and swimmer. So far i feel great! However, I have a couple questions for anyone who might be able to help:
1. When i run, my heart rate goes up after a couple of minutes to 160, the max, and stays there for the duration (i had this increased from 150 recently). The running feels good (big change from pre-implant!). Are there downsides of increasing the ceiling to 170? Upsides? My target HR is 160. Doc leaves it to me, depending on to how i feel. Any shared experience would be helpful.
2. Swimming. I have not been in the water yet. I was cleared by Doc at one month, but was told by pacer technician, to be cautious, wait 2 months. I am now at 2 months, but still a bit tentative. Any swimmers out there that can alleviate my concerns?
Thanks everyone. I really appreciate this site!