Ice hockey

is anyone playing ice hockey with a pace maker.  Dr recommends no contact sports but I would like to play again.  This is no check but it’s ice so there are collisions    Dr concerned about damaging leads.  I just got my PM 10 days.  Thanks for any info or recommendations.  


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Ice hockey

by Pink - 2019-09-21 11:59:22

Hi, it’s risky playing ice hockey. First you need to consider the healing process and wait 8 weeks for leads to develop scar tissue. 

Second if you fracture a lead and it has to be replaced it’s a major surgery as they have to retract the lead from the heart. 

I’m on my 4 th pacer during my last lead revision I threw a provokedclot and my entire jugular vein was occluded. I spent two weeks in the hospital. 

 

 

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by ROBO Pop - 2019-09-21 17:12:25

Nope you should never play hockey with a pacemaker or an ICD for that matter. Pucks are aerodynamically shaped to maximize acceleration as well as directional moment. The pacemaker is irregular shaped and there's no way to predict where your stick will engage so it could shoot off in the wrong direction. Not to mention the leads would cause drag and can be used by your opponents to stop it. Otherwise, I disagree with your doctor and the others. No reason you shouldn't play. And FYI my second EP said all the stories about waiting 6 weeks for the leads to heal is bull. No benefit. I read the same in a study

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by Dh13 - 2019-09-22 09:42:34

Thanks robo pop.  I was reading your reply and it took me  a second to pick up your joke.  Thanks for the response.  It’s only been almost two weeks.  I need to get running to bet back in shape before I consider it.  I know my wife is against it but this happened to me suddenly so mentally I’m not ready to call it quits yet

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