Most Recent Messages in Exercise & Sports

Update

  Swam a mile tonight. Wasn't any reason to go less than usual. First time in six weeks, so I went more slowly and broke it up into 4 quarter miles with a walk up and back in between quarters.

  My PM setting of 130 BPM needs to be higher; yet I just slowed down as I swam. I wasn't that fast before. I just swim to stay in shape.

  Felt a lot of stretching at the PM site; yet it felt like I needed it. It's sore now; yet all my muscles are.

&nbs...

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Pacemaker settings for Swimming after 6 weeks

  I also have questions about my Pacemaker settings prior to swimming again. I was told in my first follow-up appointment that my settings were 130 and 60 BPM. During the last 6 weeks I have been walking at a fast pace for 5 to 6 miles at a time and I do not feel winded at all. I quit ether because I run out of time, get bored, or my legs get sore. All I did for exercise  6 years prior to the Pacemaker implant was swim.

  Now that I am ready to start swimming ag...

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Swimming after 6 weeks away

Hi everyone, my dual chamber PM was implanted on 12/2, so tomorrow is the 6 week mark. I started walking the day after insertion and have been averaging 5-6 miles of fast walking a day, 6 days a week; yet swimming was my only form of exercise for years before my event, so I am excited to get started again. 

  I was told I could swim after 6 weeks and my doctor knew I was a swimmer before the PM was placed; yet he put it in the sub clavicle vein and I do not know...

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Planks

Hi There, 

 

Wondering regarding the safety of planks.  My upper body strength and core is really suffering.  I used to love to row - but that is out.  I have been doing the treadmill and exercise bike.  Wondering what others do for upper body strength.  It has only been 7 months and still feeling a little timid.

 

Thanks!

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Is Yoga safe for people with pacers?

Does anybody on here pracrtice yoga. I was wondering how safe it is to practice yoga and if there are some positions I need to aviod diong. My pacer is just above the left side of my chest near the clavical.

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walking update

Want to  thank all who had commented  my previous thread about walking.

Saw the acupuncturist  on Friday morning who did the "Jaffee-Melnor Technique"  to remove in my mind the words "this is too long a walk".  Friday afternoon looked down the block and it did not  seem long.  Then walked to the corner and back.  No problems.  Saturday did the same plus  to the next block and back, again no unsteady gait.&nb...

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Has anybody experienced this?

Hello it has been a while last interrogation in September yielded me more time for my heart to think on it's own due to intermittence. I was wondering if anybody has experienced a vibration like sensation the day after working out. so I had my scheduled pacer remote last month which was fine after I called to explain my episode. I started going to the gym more after that and twice after I used the treadmill the day after I felt a on and off vibrating sensation was kind of faintl...

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Primary settings and optimisation

Hi Jerry,

I too am 80 and I think you may have suffered the same poverty of information I have in the past.  Your letter is dated and I hope what I tell you is is out of date but if not I suggest to you that your 130 top and what I 'guess' is your 60 bottom are 'primary settings' awaiting optimisation.  Cardiologists don't always mention it but you need 'optimisation', hopefully to something higher and something lower.  My top pulse is 160 bpm...

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Medtronic app

Why has my app stop working for physical activity 

 

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QardioCore

(Un)fortunately, I'm a new member to the club...both Pacemaker Club (fortunate) and device owner (unfortunate in a way).  I recently had a Biotronik pacemaker/ICD implanted and NOW have relatively minor heart pacing and blood pressure issues I've never experienced. Hopefully, these will be corrected and it's not a device issue or my heart not accepting the device. 

As a former long-distance cyclist, I've always monitored my heart rate.  Most of these monit...

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Swallow syncope

Hi everyone. I have not yet had a PM fitted but I had an implanted loop recorder inserted 2 years ago and my Cardiologist has recommended a PM although not urgently.

I am a 62 year old triathlon coach who has exercised all my life. My resting HR is 32 due to an enlarged heart brought on by endurance sports and it has never caused me any issues until 7 years ago when I fainted unexpectedly. Long story short, it appears that I have a condition called 'Swallow syncope' and specific...

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walking

Have not be able to walk outside more than 2 houses from me either direction for over a year now.  Tried to walk to the end of the block  the other day, but am still shaky and off balance when walking.  Can walk from parked van to inside box stores without that problem. Then pushing a cart around without any trouble walking.

Thought the pacemaker would help that, guess not .   Implanted Aug 21,2019.

mary

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pacemaker

had pacemaker fitted a week ago christmas eve have done3 walks of 1&1/2miles and felt slight tightning of chest when starting out but diminished on way back.Is this normal after the pacemaker operation,Martyn.

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Maintaining my heart muscles Ejection Fraction and Condition

  Hi, this is my 3rd post to this forum. I am very pleased that this site even exists and I have a lot of questions. I presently know enough about my PM to be dangerous, lol.

  From my earlier posts you will see that I received what I think (not certain) is a Dual Chamber PM roughly 3 weeks ago. It is a Saint Jude PM.

  With the holidays and all the confusion, I haven't had much time to analyze my situation. I know I feel a lot...

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Rucksacks

Hi, may I ask how you all get on with carrying a rucksack on your shoulders when out hiking or any general use? Just dawned on me the ICD is right where the straps go!

I enjoy long walks & used to take a medium sized day pack with food/drinks/survival stuff......cheers Mark

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Motorcycles and Work After Pacemaker Implant

I'm 35 and will be getting my first pacemaker in the near future after five years of irregular heart rhythm related issues have kept me sidelined. I saw older posts  on this, but wanted to get some direct input from the community. I have a job that allows me to work from home as needed for my health. I also am a biker and have been missing my bike due to severe symptoms this past month. How quickly can I expect to perform work related tasks on the computer from home? Also, and very i...

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iWatch and Ultra Running Vest

I'm thinking of purchasing the iwatch series 5, for several reasons. It has a pulse reader, and can give ekg readouts, a fall monitor and distance running programs. In addition, I used to run wearing a running vest with my iphone in one of the built in pockets. The last time I tried wearing the vest (about one month post PM surgery) the area of the incision became irritated during a 7.5 miler jog. This kind of eliminates running with the vest on and taking the phone with me. Que...

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Full body massage?

PM implanted Aug. 2019. Prior to that I treated myself to a massage every two weeks. Have been reluctant to get a massage because of the PM. Any tips or advice?

Thank you.

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Cycling back to fitness

Hi all, a week ago I had a dual chamber ICD fitted as a precaution for my hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.  Still sore & swollen but getting better everyday & now starting to get some better sleep.  

I am a fairly keen cyclist but more social than competitive. A couple of friends & I have already booked a weeks cycling next September on the Camino Trail in Spain. I know i have time to build up slowly to this.

These forums are great to see you'r...

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Medtronic or Boston scientific

Getting a PM January 2nd for second degree AV block. EP nurse says he puts in Medtronic PM's. I'm not certain if he would put anything different in but am curious from you all what would be the best PM for a 40 year old who enjoys being active. Kayaking, jogging, etc... I have 4 young kids. 
 

thanks 

 

Philip 

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