Golf in the heat

Well I decided to try and play golf today even though the heat was terrible.

the last time I tried to play I had to quit on the 13th hold.  Today I just made 11 and almost fainted on the 11th tee.  When I straightened up from teeing the ball up I had about 15 seconds of pressure build up in my head and my ears stopped up.  My playing partners said I was whiter than a sheet of paper.  I drove back to the clubhouse and still felt terribly weak.  I drank another 16 ounces of water and finally got to feeling better and got some color back. I had already drank about 50 ounces of Gatorade and water.  Snacked on a banana, apple and trail mix.. 

I’ve had my 2 lead St Jude PM for about 2 months.  It is set on 60 for the low end of my HR.  I haven’t been told if there’s an upper end for my heart rate.  I was wondering if it was set too low and when i get an elevated Heart rate it was stoping and not letting my BPM to get high enough.  Also wondered why I can walk a quarter mile and not be winded or gasping for breath...but I can walk from the recliner to the fridge and be out of breath and heart pounding.  I hate to not be able to play golf but will be afraid to try for a while until I can find out what is causing my problem.


St Jude 2 lead

by Finn - 2020-07-18 21:32:16

My(st Jude), is set at 70 bpm , for the last 11 years. I'm on my second pm.

im 59, very active.  My Dr felt I can handle it. I had bradycardia , testing st night, 25 bpm, day was 35 to 59 bpm. 

I would ask them to change it, do t worry about battery life.

good luck Finn


by Finn - 2020-07-18 21:34:25

Forget , there is an upper rate, rate response which means your heart gets help to increase when you need it. Such as walking up a hill on the golf course . It should go as high as you can get it in your own.

take home box

by dwelch - 2020-07-18 23:50:40

Do you have a take home box?  You should push the button and have the data sent to the doctors office.  If it were a pacemaker related issue then one would expect there to be a log of it and they would then see that, one would expect.  You can then call them soon and see if they saw anything.

There exists the possibility that this is completely unrelated.  I had an event if you will yesterday, but pretty sure it was because I had only gotten about 2 hours sleep and was exhausted and pushing too hard.

Re-reading. Is this your first device?  Usually there is a few week appointment which I assume you had and a few month appointment which I assume you have not had, and between those at a minimum they are checking the device and settings, so it is possible you are not dialed in.  They might be able to pull in the few month appointment if it is not soon and check the settings, check the logs, etc.

Unless there are factors with your condition and what the pacer is trying to solve, I would expect you to be able to go golfing, it is not the kind of activity that should push you or the device.



Orthostatic Problem?

by Protimenow - 2020-07-19 04:14:17

From the way it sounds, this happens when you bend down, then straighten up. It happens when you get off a chair and walk to another room. 

This sounds like a common problem that most (many?) of us with PMs get -- if you're bending down, sitting or laying down, and quickly get up, the blood takes a few seconds to get to the brain - your BP and heart rate haven't caught up with your body's new needs. 

What I suggest that you do is get up a bit more slowly, then wait a few seconds until your pressure gets back up, and there's enough blood reaching your brain. I'm guilty of still trying to leap out of bed and running out the door, but I also often remember that I should give it a few seconds after I stand up or straighten up if I've been bending down, so everything gets back to normal.

Give this a try.

One other thing...

by Protimenow - 2020-07-19 04:15:19

Dehydration might also make these symptoms occur (or make them worse). You were right to rehydrate and get some food into your body.


by Tracey_E - 2020-07-19 11:11:04

I live in South Florida and run so learning about hydration has been an adventure. My doctor is a runner and has been really helpful. He said if I'm drinking and drinking but still thirsty, I need electrolytes not more water. I was only fueling on long runs but he said do it on short runs in summer also. That would apply to any workout in the heat. 

I'm not a fan of gatorade/powerade, most sports drinks are full of sugar and have a minimal amount of electrolytes. I like coconut water best- more electrolytes, no sugar. However, it tastes nasty, so I add tart cherry juice (good for inflammation) and a scoop of my after workout powder, or lemon juice and a pack of stevia. During workouts, I add Nuun tablets to my water and keep sipping at it. Salt tablets are also good in the heat and my daughter swears by them but I haven't found one that's not gross. It's easier to stay ahead of the electrolytes than catch up after you've sweated it out. 

It's normal to take some time to get the settings adjusted. 

It's possible something else is going on with your blood pressure.

Golfing in the heat

by Radioman#1a - 2020-07-19 11:49:19

thanks for the info!

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