Push-ups/Bench Press with an ICD?

Hi all, I'm so glad I found this community. 

I have a question about those of you who may have not just a PM but a dual device and working out your chest. What do those who have the same device do with weight lifting? Particular of the chest? (push-ups, bench press, incline, etc) My understanding is the leads are more prone to wearing down vs. a traditional PM and it's tricky with chest excercises. 

Further context: I am in my late 30s and in shape. I had heart issues immediately after getting the Pfizer Covid 2 doses 06/2021. Never had any heart issues prior. Long story short, it led to a 4 night stay in the Cardiac ICU 10 months later and this past December had the surgery to recieve the dual PM/defibrillator. 

My cardiologist has said PM leads are not as complex, they're less fragile and last longer. My defibrillator lead is complex and more prone to wear/tear. He's not said NO and there are no absolutes here. 

THANK YOU and cheers from Manhattan  (I still can't believe I have this damn thing)



by AgentX86 - 2023-04-10 15:21:32

I don't have the same model and I doubt anyone here does.  There are probably a hundred, or perhaps many more models of pacemakers.  I've never run across anyone with mine. All that asside, the model doesn't have much to do with it.

I was told by my EP that all was good except free-weight presses. Machines were fine but it was too easy to get a lead crushed between the bar and the clavical. Take that for what it's worth.

You should talk all of this sort of thing over with your doctors.  Your case is different from mine and you doctor more, or less, conservative.


by Old male - 2023-04-10 22:00:21

Definitely go with machines vs free weights 


by Tracey_E - 2023-04-11 10:21:51

A lot will depend on how your device is placed and your build. You don't want weight directly on the box or leads, or if they are directly under the clavicle you don't want weight on the clavicle. Working out is fine, and if your box is not close to the surface or clavicle anything should be ok in moderation, but you may need to be careful if you go heavy. Push ups should be ok as long as nothing feels like it's getting crushed. Ease into it and see how it feels. 

You know you're wired when...

You always run anti-virus software.

Member Quotes

I have had my pacer since 2005. At first it ruled my life. It took some time to calm down and make the mental adjustment. I had trouble sleeping and I worried a lot about pulling wires. Now I just live my life as I wish.