skydiving

Hello,

Last week I was looking for information on skydiving with a pacemaker. I couldn't find anything conclusive and there are a lot of contradictory opinions. I had my pacemaker installed 4 years ago for a 3rd-degree heart block. I'm only 51 now. My husband thought it would be fun to try skydiving and I hoped I would be able to use the excuse of my pacemaker and not be allowed to go. I called my PM doctor and he told me there should not be any issues(great, no excuses now!!)  Well, I survived/overcame and jumped from 13000ft. I know everyone has a unique situation but if you are considering trying this do not automatically count yourself out and check with your doctor. The freefall speed was not an issue nor the yanking during the parachute release for me. The experience was quite liberating since there is always a little voice in the back of my mind telling me I'm fragile. I hope this information is helpful.


3 Comments

Thanks for sharing

by crustyg - 2020-09-08 02:07:48

Sounds a bit much for me, but I did have a tandem paraglide from 1000m on my 60th birthday.  Pre-PM as it happens, but that wouldn't have stopped me either.  A lot less dramatic, but fun all the same.

 

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by ROBO Pop - 2020-09-12 05:00:55

You're absolutely right, the speed of free fall, the tug of the harness etc are no problem, it's that sudden stop when you impact the ground that's a killer. Why would anybody jump out of a perfectly good plane?

cool!

by Tracey_E - 2020-09-16 09:03:08

Glad you did it!!! Note to self: we are not fragile.

You know you're wired when...

Your pacemaker interferes with your electronic scale.

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