Exercise & Diet with a PM
Had a good 3month follow up with my EP this morning. I'm 30y/o, HIS pacing, PM placed April of this year. A few questions for y'all:
1) my wife and I are considering a plant based diet. Have any of y'all found that to be optimal for cardiac care and performance? Or have any other diets you've tried or research you've done?
2) I asked if I could get back to doing push-ups and he basically said that if it doesn't make my life less full, then don't do them so that I have less wear and tear on my leads. No, I'm sure my life will be just as good but I kinda want to do 50-70 push-ups every morning. I assumed I'd be able to get back into doing CrossFit also, but it makes me wonder. Maybe he just wants me to avoid chest exercises? But things like kettlebell swings, deadlifts, OH press would be ok? He is very conservative (which I appreciate) and I think part of the reason he doesn't want me to do much is that he got very good lead placement and wants that to last a long time. Have y'all crossed this bridge?
3) Feb of 2019 I completely ruptured my Achilles while playing basketball. March/April of this year I developed third degree heart block and ended up with a pacemaker. I have a desire to do an Ironman just to prove to myself and maybe to show others that you can recover from these major things and live a full life. Anyone here done an Ironman or any crazy endurance challenges with a PM? I won't be offended if you tell me I'm stupid or crazy.