Pacemaker battery very low and exercise

I have St. Judes and have been seeing battery detiorate steadly over last several readouts.  Today it showed 0 to 1 month remaining. Two months ago it was 1 to 3.

The St. Judes tech who knows me well said you could go another month, but then he told the cardiologist watching maybe we should go ahead for change. I agreed.

Cardio said I will start the ball rolling for change. Don't know how long that will be with VA and current Covid restrictions.

So my question relates to my physical activities like one hour exercise routine with a group, walking 3 mile walk couple of times a week and hitting a small bucket of balls at driving range.

Will such exercise use the battery faster or should I just go ahead about my regular life?

I am not dependent for my pacemaker as its for low heart rate. I will be watching my HR carefully.

Appreciate any thoughts onb exercise and battery life.

Bob


2 Comments

Nope. The answer is no

by PacedNRunning - 2021-01-23 02:02:41

Nope. Actually exercising probably makes you use it less because your not sitting. I run 4-5 days a week and my battery is depleting normal. It's not unusual for it to drain faster than predicted in the end. It's just an estimate when it gives you time left. 

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by Tracey_E - 2021-01-23 08:34:10

The numbers are always an estimate, they get more accurate the closer it gets to the end. The tiny about it uses for exercise is negligible, so do what you want to do.

It's possible it may go into conservation mode, sounds like that's what the tech is trying to avoid. Depending how much you use it and how you use it, you may feel that and will no longer be able to work out. In this mode, it paces at a steady 60bpm so if you use the pacer to get higher than that, you'll be stuck at 60. If you beat on your own when you exercise, you may not even notice the difference. If that happens, take it easy until the replacement. 

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