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After your pm or icd surgery did your dr give you breathing instructions, like yoga or such to help you breathe better?



by Tracey_E - 2021-01-05 16:54:33

I'm on my 5th device and have been through a handful of doctors over the years. The only breathing instructions I've ever had were after my asthma diagnosis and that was from my chiropractor.



by Persephone - 2021-01-05 17:08:07

Hi Alli - to answer your question, no, I was not given breathing instructions by my medical team. Is there a particular issue that you have a concern about?

I did seek therapy with a psychologist to help me navigate through thoughts and emotions associated with the implant, and was taught valuable deep breathing techniques for calming anxiety.  Yoga is also wonderful for bringing focus to the breath and body so we can get fresh perspective in dealing with potentially negative thoughts.

I hope you are feeling well.



Breathing exercises

by AgentX86 - 2021-01-05 17:24:15

No, not after my pacemaker implant.  They did, for several days, after my CABG but that's normal because they just cracked open the sternum and want to exercise the lungs and chest muscles so the pO2 doesn't suffer.

Do you have COPD or pulmonary hrperension or the like?  As others have noted, deep breathing will reduce blood pressure and heart rate (if your pacer isn't in control). 

After my CABG sugery, my employer had a "life coach" (too cheap to hire a real psychologist ;-) to go through all this stuff and to make sure I wasn't in depression, or whatevet.  She demonstrated the power of breathing exercises by having me do it while measuring my BP.  It's really amazing how effective it is. Now I do some quick deep breathing exercises when in the dotor's office to counter anyanxiety about the appointment and reduce my BP.

No prior breathing problems

by Alli - 2021-01-07 11:28:01

I have had no breathing problems prior to my defib/pm,  no COPD, no asthma,etc. No i do not smoke. Certainly have no anxiety. Things were fine until my dr coaxed me into surgery. Not been same since but you know drs are always right :-)

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