So I ask my doctor about half a year ago about stretching like what you do on a yoga though Im not planning on doing yoga and they told me not do it or yet im not sure I cant quite remember but this was when I had my pacemaker for about 1 year and the doctor that told me this is my new doctor since my old doctor is for children and since I just turned 19 they put me with the new doctor. And I want to know if this kind of stretching in the youtube link at top is allowed for me. Im planning on asking my doctor but there still a month before my next check uo and I dont have their number. I recently started doing push up variation and some cardio exercise that target my lower and upper body and I think stretching is important for exercise. So should I just do it or wait for my check up?


It *MAY* depend on why you've needed a PM

by crustyg - 2020-06-11 12:11:38

In general, folk here with PMs can exercise as much as they want, once their leads have bedded in and the PM pocket skin wound has healed.  In fact, for *almost* everyone, more exercise is better.

There are *SOME* folk here with implants (usually ICDs) whose underlying condition makes it dangerous to take up really vigorous exercise: uncommon, and generally they already know all about this (due to poor family history).

As this is not your first post asking about this point, I wonder if you feel you might be in this group?


by Anthonys - 2020-06-11 15:51:48

Quite the opposite really my doctor encourages me to do cardio and since I dont think cardio uses the upper body much(Im not sure though) and more on running and jogging. What im worried about is training muscle where my Pacemaker is near attached and things that will damage or dislodge the lead of my pacemaker. My doctor said it ok to lift weight but not too heavy like a barbell or something.


by Tracey_E - 2020-06-11 17:29:38

Ask 10 doctors, get 10 opinions. My doc said do whatever it takes to stay fit. I do Crossfit so go heavy lifting, and barbells are my very favorite. He's fine with it. I've been doing it 9 years now, been paced 26. No issues. He told me to go by how I feel, stop if it doesn't feel right. Leads are flexible and tough, designed to move with us. Unless a barbell were to sit right on a lead and crush it, it's unlikely to do any damage to it just from casual lifting. If you were to train for the Olympics, that would be a different discussion. 

I had a pediatric cardiologist growing up, switched to adult at about your age. Two years ago I switched back to a pediatric practice with an ep who specializes in adult congenital. At the adult practice, I was the only patient like me and they always told me "you're doing great, see you in a year." The adult congenital doctor focuses on how to continue to do great, and he knows what my long term risks are because most of his patients are paced for a lifetime. Totally different approaches, just something to think about as you get older. The peds practice may have someone like this. We are different from someone diagnosed as an adult. 

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