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Question -- about sports with a pacemaker

Hi All

I'm totally new to this site and could use some advice if you have time to share.  

I just turned 60.  I will need a pacemaker.  I never passed out but did get ligh-headed a few times in the last year.    The doctor monitored me for 14 days a Zio patch and my heart stopped 3 times for 1 second each.   My normal beats were around 49-61 beats per min.    I avoided all sports  during the monitoring period.  &...

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Really beginning to get cycling again.

I am 78 and a lifetime cyclist. I am 4 months post op when I recieve a replacement Aortic Valve (Via TAVI) and a single line Boston Scientific pacemaker. I am in permanent Afib according to the ECG and the PM is doing its job.

After 6 weeks I was exercising whithin reason. Over the next few weeks with the support of my Cardiologst the PM Tech and the Cardio Rehab, I am getting out and really enjoying an active cycling/sports life again.

The PM has been set 50 low an...

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tachycardie

Hi Germita,

The upper limit setpoint was adjusted from 170 to 200bpm -it was decided that my physical efforts during competition and training could exceed the 170bpm mark so pm rep. found it justified to increase upper limit allso as a safety precaution that this incident won't occur again.My first bike test I couldn't pass the 145 bpm threshold due to the pm holding back- my 2nd bike test as I explained I had to do some serious cycling that took me to 182 bpm.During cyclin...

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Rate Response Boston Scientific S606

I have a Boston Scientific Altura 60, S606 DDDR Pacemaker instralled 29Nov 2010. Last regular interrogaiton 4/11/20. Was told I had 3  mos of battery left. What I could see of the monitor showed the battery indicator way  to the left either in the ERT or EOL range; I am not an  MD, and I could not see it well enough to be sure but it was way to the left, and the electrophysiologist said 3 mos. In April I began walking 2 - miles per day up from 1-2 miles; in June began swimming...

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rowing

Hi all hope you are all well.

I recently bought a rowing machine and was told to keep my heart rate no more thasn 150 as I`m now 70, (old gummers assoc!), anyway.. has anyone had issues with digoxin because I take it azlong with elequis, and I find my hear still races a bit when exercising, I thought digoxin doesnt let it get to high..the other day when on my rower my heart rate went upto about 165 but came back to normal with 4-5 minutes, wonder if beta blockers are better. thank you f...

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High Heart rate issues

Hey guys first time posting I had my pacemaker implanted 6/23/20 just over 6 weeks ago. I was cleared to start exercising at the 6 week mark. I was rowing like normal and between intervals my heart rate dropped like normal then out of the blue hit 243 BPM for 1:10 long. I have a follow up appointment next week but I am wondering if anyone has ever experienced this before? What should I be asking the Doctor when I see him and the last thing is could this be just a simple setting that coul...

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Betablocker, weight gain and effects on sport performance

Hi

 

I am 78, very active ( I run 5-6  km about 3 times a week and go to the gym in the winter).

I feel great and I have a lot of energies for my age.

 

Last year, though, I had to run to the emergency ward of a local hospital because my heart was racing at 180 bpm at rest, just before starting my usual running session.

But for the cardio watch I wouldn’t have known, because I was feeling perfectly OK.

 

The cardiologis...

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Starting to Run Again

Question to runners... 

I have had my PM now for a month and have been doing a lot of walking. The doctor released me after my 2 week check up to be able to run agility with my dog which doesn't involve a lot of running, just some short bits between obstacles. I have also recently tried just running a little during my walks. The problem I am having is the PM moves and hurts. Doe this go away? Is there something I can do to keep it from moving?

For the women runners - Have...

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Lifting weights

Hi All, 

I'm Paul from Kerala, Southern Province of India. Hope you're all safe during this Covid era. I  have implanted pacemaker for the last 18 years. Now running on the  Second one for the  last 10 years.  I have condition of  Sick sinus syndrome and My pacer is St jude ddrcdual  chambered, which  is implanted on the right side and  the leads on left side. 

 

I have  a concern  of weight lifting usi...

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Golf in the heat

Well I decided to try and play golf today even though the heat was terrible.

the last time I tried to play I had to quit on the 13th hold.  Today I just made 11 and almost fainted on the 11th tee.  When I straightened up from teeing the ball up I had about 15 seconds of pressure build up in my head and my ears stopped up.  My playing partners said I was whiter than a sheet of paper.  I drove back to the clubhouse and still felt terribly weak.  I drank another 16...

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Contact Sports

I know this is perhaps a NO go.  What precautions or equipment could i use or wear so i can play a little rough. i am on my second unit and original wires.

Thanks In-Advance

 

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Pad for Backpack Straps

Has anyone found a good solution for padding a backpack strap over their PM? I packed my son around in a carrier for 30-40 minutes and it wasn't uncomfortable, but I don't know how it would feel after multiple hours. I also just want to protect my device a little more. Thanks!

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Exercise & Diet with a PM

Had a good 3month follow up with my EP this morning. I'm 30y/o, HIS pacing, PM placed April of this year. A few questions for y'all:

 

1) my wife and I are considering a plant based diet. Have any of y'all found that to be optimal for cardiac care and performance? Or have any other diets you've tried or research you've done? 
 

2) I asked if I could get back to doing push-ups and he basically said that if it doesn't make my life le...

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Walking vs steps

Good morning. I can walk a quarter mile with not breathing problem (my legs get tired), but when going up a flight of stairs, I get winded.

Is there that much difference in how much energy used, or is something else going on? - Mike

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Drop in Heart Rate and Blood Pressure During Exercise

Hey all,

I wanted to tap into the collective wisdom of the board since my doctors haven't been able to diagnose the issue.

This past spring I developed an issue while exercising (speed walking - 2.8 to 3.0 mph).  After going 2.3-3.0 mi, my HR will suddenly drop (less than 30s) to my resting HR (I have a Galaxy Watch, Wahoo arm band, and Polar H10 chest strap).  I then become dizzy and feel fatigued; furthermore, I am unable to raise my HR more than 10-20 bpm and am j...

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fatigue issues

Hi all....any advice most valuable please..?

Had my 3 lead pacemaker tweeked recently to suit my increase in rate response required at higher alpine elevations.This has made a hugh difference to my training plan and I was able to dig deeper when required.

I have been working out real well and snowshoeing through deep snow regularly for long periods.

I have just led a 5 day alpine skiils course that has left me feeling very depleted energy wise and suffering fatigue. ...

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pacemaker

resently i had a pacemaker surgery. i want to know how long it will take to get back to my usual activity routine. Olus i would also want to ask can i do weigted training or strength training after or later have a pacemaker in me?

please reply to it, as soon as possible...

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Body Building, Power Lifting, and Expectations

I suffered a cardiac arrest a little over a month ago and had an ICD implanted as a result. I am a pretty serious hobbyist bodybuilder/ powerlifter and was wondering what I could expect when I am finally healed up and back at it. I am hoping for reassurance that I can train like normal and still push myself, but I fear that may not be the reality. Any information will be greatly appreciated!

My stats before the surgery:

Bench - 255lbs

Squat - 325lbs

Deadlift...

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Heart rate Monitor Watch

Can anyone recommend a stylish watch that is NOT an apple watch? I need a man's watch.  Something big.  I also freedive, scuba dive and spearfishing and would love to be able to get my heartrate during those times too. I would buy more than one watch of course. 

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thru-hike

Hi everyone! I recently had a pacemaker put in about 4 months ago (I was 23 at the time, now 24). I just got back from my first 40 mile backpacking trip, and wow what a difference my PM made!

Has anyone in this group ever done a thru hike with a pacemaker, and is it even feasible? By thru-hike I mean the AT, PCT, or CDT. It has always been a dream of mine to do the AT and I didn't think it was possible with my PM; but being on the AT for 40 miles made me think about it again.

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