I'm 38 years old and I have had a pacemaker since I was 20 years old. Due to complications with endocarditis 7 years ago I had to abandon the intravenous leads and shoulder implanted battery and switch to epicardial leads and an abdominal implanted battery.
I have been an avid golfer since I was 5 years old. I never had issues with my leads or pacemaker while golfing when I had the intravenous setup. 3.5 years ago one of my epicardial leads started to fracture. My doctor was convinced it was due to golf and wanted me to stop playing. The surgeon who repaired the lead did not agree. He figured it was product failure and ensured me that he was going to install enough slack on the lead so that I could continue playing. Fast forward another 3 years, I was recently playing golf when I started feeling very lethargic. I found out the next day that I had fractured my lead once again. My Doctor has changed my programming to bypass the factured lead as a temporary fix. Considering this incident occurred during a golf swing my Doctor has prohibited me from continuing playing.
I have read hundreds of posts on these forums about how people with pacemakers are not restricted from golfing. I am currently at a loss for what to do, as golf is a large part of my life. I am wondering if there is anyone that has gone through something similar, or may know of Doctor's that have creative solutions to allow patients to continue golfing.