Most Recent Messages in Exercise & Sports

Raising left arm six weeks post

   Hi, my PM procedure was six weeks ago.  I've been very careful and all is going well.  I would like to return to the gym and resume light strength training. I feel like my left side has atrophied!  I have been walking and riding the recumbent bike.

   The PM Club has been such a wonderful resource for me.  This experience was so sudden and unexpected ~ my doctors answer my questions but they can't provide the support that you do.  ...

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Heart rate while running

I've had my Medtronics Advisa DR pacemaker for 8.5 years doing great. I haven't seen a EP for years, at my last appointment at the cardiologist I requested a referral. I went a week or so ago, at the visit I expressed concerns that my HR doesn't go up enough while I'm running. I wasn't able to get my rate much over high 130's. She did at first although not to concerned had scheduled a appointment at the hospital for a rate check while on a treadmill. About 5 minut...

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Bob Quick’s Journey

I'd like to briefly post about someone I encountered about 6 years ago and have been following off and on since. He's an inspirational story for anyone encountering heart issues and feeling down about themselves  

https://www.facebook.com/bob.quick.5070?mibextid=LQQJ4d

Bob Quick is an ICD recipient who also has 20 stents in his heart. He is also a recovering addict who just celebrated 18 years sober. I met Bob when he was riding his bicycle across the country to raise...

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Golfing after 9 weeks of pacemaker surgery?

Can I golf after 9 weeks after pacemaker surgery?

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data transfer technic like Bluetooth, a risc of interference?

...what is about the data transfer technic from all the stuff, we use, like bluetooth or other? Are the monitors, chest straps, headphones, watches, handys really passiv?

Bosoton says:

Use precautions: As this wireless technology usually uses Bluetooth, maintain at least 
a 6 inch (15 cm) separation between the activity tracker and implanted device due to 
Bluetooth technology. This is a device or application that may track steps taken, 

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Heart rate monitor, Aktivity tracker, Chest strap and pacemaker: bostons information; what is your expierence or knowledge

Boston technical service:

As you may see from our online EMI Guide*,

https://www.bostonscientific.com/content/dam/lifebeat-online/en/documents/BSC_Electromagnetic_Compatibility_Guide.pdf

...the recommendation for “Activity Tracker” or "Heart Rate Monitor" devices is to “Use Precaution” and keep minimum distance of 15cm from implanted device.
For any device in which the recommendation is to “use precautions”. Check with your...

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Mountain climbing

Hello everyone I was wondering has anyone on here climbed at high alititute? Iv done some climbing to around 5000m before getting pacemaker. And really  want to get back to it.  I'm 41 year old man and have the pm for 1 year. With no other health problems. Thanks 

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First Race afterPM

Yesterday I ran my first race six weeks after getting a pacemaker. I had a lot of fun. I got to run accross the Golden Gate Bridge with a freind. I have found that at this time I cannot run at my old pre pacemaker pace without breathing hard, and struggling to get a deep breath. When I slow down I do fine. Has anybody had this issue? Does it get better with training? I saw a PM tech about 10 days ago and she turned on the excelorator and said she would adjust it if needed at my next appo...

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Back racing after <14 weeks post diagnosis

Thank goodness we were born in the right era to be able to access this amazing technology. Four months back I thought it was all over for athletic sport until my diagnosis and a Boston PM. 

At 11 weeks post PM insertion, back in the finishing shute at the Noosa Triathlon in Australia, a standard distance triathlon.  (Actually, I only competed in the cycle and run as I wasn't allowed to swim due to the arm movement so my wife kindly took that leg of the race)

The...

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10k 74 days post pm

Ran my first 10k with pm today, 74 days post implantation.  No issues, felt great, well under my personal goal of under an hour.  3rd place in my 50-60 age group.  For those concerned with the effect on running or other endurance sports, it was only a temporary setback for me with two weeks off running post surgery and about a week after that of easy runs.  I posted a picture in the gallery of me and my brother in law who recently completed a 70.3 triat...

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Sound Bath

I will be coming upon a year with my Boston Scientific pacemaker. It was an emergency surgery went to ER on a Thursday night by the next night I had a pacemaker. It was a shock at age 60 and no other health issues. I had Bradicardia with a complete heart block. My symptom was getting tired and unable to do my 10,000 steps a day which I had done in my exercise routine for years. I am now back to exercising and yoga. My question is Can I do sound bath with yoga? I wasn't sure if the sound v...

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Hand Touch Gym Equipment Heart Rate Monitors

Looking to buy a stationary bike for exercise and am wondering if there would be any issues with the heart rate monitors that are usually part of the handgrips. Appreciate any insight.

Thanks, Dale

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Heart rate monitor, chest strap interfere pacemaker,, so running was impossible

Do heart rate sensors affect the functioning of pacemakers?

I was very uncomfortably slowed down while jogging today. Only after I turned the HF sensor to the opposite side of the thorax did the pacemaker function properly (Boston Scientific Proponent and Garmin HF sensor).

Nothing is published about this behavior. Only Garmin says St.JudeMedical have no such a problem.

But Garmin Hf Sensor interfere bostons Proponent, I experience that today , awkward!

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rate response problems-rate curve?

I have posted several times about problems with rate response and swimming, first with a Medtronic, now a Boston Scientific.  Neither works well.  Lately I have had some more profound problems.  After a week or so of pretty disasterous sessions in the pool, I tried an experiment with a chest strap HR monitor.  I do not noramlly like to swim with any devices on and my not so smart watch is very inaccurate when wet.  I did some excercises on the deck and got my rate up...

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High Heart Rate Walking

Hello all -  Haven't been on for a while and wanted to continue conversation about heart rate and walking.  I received PM May 5th this year.  When I go for a walk my heart rate goes up 124 and I get slightly short of breathe when I stop.  My Cardiologist said I need to be on antiarythmia med to stabilize my rate.  The EP says they don't see anything wrong get on with my life.  This after they changed the RR rate and the change wasn't tolerable. H...

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When were you able to run

I am 16 days out from receiving my pacemaker and I am missing being able to go for a run. In 2 days I will see my Dr. and plan to ask him when I can start running. How long was it for you runners to start running again?

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Questions about the specific risks of contact sports (like BJJ) with an ICD

Hi everyone,

I'm new to the forum, but I did my best to look for posts about participating in martial arts, combat sports, and contact sports generally before posting. I have an ICD to shock me if I go into vtach/vfib, and I'd like to get back into activities like weight lifting and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) if I can properly assess the actual risks involved. I know this has been discussed and I apologize for creating yet another thread, but technology changes, research on risks...

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New Pacemaker - What Qs would you ask?

I'm a 52 yo female, avid distance runner (marathons and trail ultras) and casual CrossFitter. I'm scheduled for pacemaker implantation next week to address sinus bradycardia/sinus pauses with a competing junctional rhythm, plus a marked first degree AV block. A treadmill test revealed a possible left bundle branch block, as well. A holter monitor also showed evidence of SVT, but those readings apparently came at the end of my long runs so my cardiologist wants to reevaluate those afte...

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New pacemaker

Hi, I received a new pacemaker yesterday, Sep. 30th. All went well. I am a 64 year old male. I am runner and the dr set my pacemaker at a low of 60 and a high of 140. My RHR had been in the low to mid 30's over the last 3 months. Prior to that it had be in the low to mid 40's for about 7 years. My dr. has not told me how long it will be before I can run again, I will see him in the next 10-14 days. Are any of you runners and how long after you got the pacemaker before you were able to...

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Pedometer / Calorie counter

My dad has a St Jude pacemaker. He's looking for something to help him track his distance / calories burnt during his long walks. We were looking at something like the Garmin Forerunner 55 or similar. However, I'm told they don't work well with pacemakers. Are there any consumer devices we can get for him that works correctly for people with pacemakers?

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