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out of cardiovascular shape

Hi all,

I had my third pacer about 6 weeks ago and have recently tried to start exercising again; however, I am concerned about what type of program I should do. Prior to this surgery, I mostly weight lifted. Now, I get a little more out of breath just walking, so I am afraid to even think about lifting weights.What type of exercise program do you do and have you been able to exercise the same since your pacer? Is it best to exercise or not with cardiac issues? I see elderly people at...


target heart rates?

I will be able to go back to swimming next month, and I would like to know if anyone's target heart rate during exercise is the same as it was before their pacemaker implant?
No matter what I do now, my heart rate never goes above 65!


Gym Cardio Machines

Hi Everyone,

There’s been a bit of discussion on this forum about the heart rate monitors on the cardio machines (treadmill etc) for those of us that visit the gym. One problem we mention is that they sometimes fluctuate (80 jumps to 140 drops to 90 etc etc) and I always assumed that it was simply the gym machine getting confused by the pacemaker, but I ran the idea past my EP a few weeks ago and he sent me to the PM technicians to investigate.

Just got back, and it turns...


Can dislocated shoulder pull leads?

Does anyone know anyone that has had a dislocated shoulder and pulled out a lead? I know you need to be careful for a few weeks after getting your electrodes in. I like to do a lot of serious whitewater kayaking, and I have dislocated my shoulder a couple of times when i've gotten really trashed. Also, I downhill ski a lot.

Just Curious! Thanks, Jim Jim


lifting weights

I just received my third pacemaker (having received my first at the age of 30 - I'm now 53) and am having a hard time knowing how much exercise is OK - mainly weight lifting upper body. My (new) cardiologist said to "keep it reasonable" and not strain too much, but didn't really give me any definite guidelines, other than don't lift 100 pounds. I don't want to fracture a wire...what's reasonable?


Weight training???

I'm 62 and (pre pacemaker) regularly engaged in what would be considered heavy weight training. I'm 2 months post operation and can't get any consistent guidance from doctors, therapists etc. to whether weight training, chest and back exercises, are safe or not. If not, how does one ''train'' their chest and back safely? Thanks for any help anyone can offer.


Getting back to training

I am four months removed from having a PM implanted and am desperately trying to gain the confidence to get out and begin training again for a triathalon I was planning on running in June before my episode.

My EP assures me that I am good to go, but when I run I feel as if my heart skips or something. As a result I slow down or walk and just do not seem to be making progress. Again, the EP assures me that everything is OK.

Has anyone else experienced this?
How have y...


Back training


I am starting back to my jogging and weights. I am taking note of a training program for getting back. I run 60 secs walk 60 secs for 20 mins - this is for the first week, second week graduates to more running.

I did this and also lifted some weights. I have had an all clear from the cardiologist after a stress test on a bike to see if I was OK. This evening when I had just finished lifting light weights then went to lay down, my heart went out of rhythm for about...



iam 36 and still play rec-basketball, and iam looking for a chest protector for df/pm. Iam new to this i just had my surg-3 months ago and iam ready to play ball again.. help

chest protector-for basketball use



Hi. I am a 68 male with a Boston Scientific/Guident PM. Itake no supporting drugs and consider that I am reasonably fit but need excercise. I want to join a local fully equiped gym. Can anyone advise a program or what I can or can not do.

Many thanks




Lack of guidance about exercize

I am a 67 yr old male. I had a double lead Guidant PM implant about a month ago for an accidentally discovered sinus block condition (asystole for 5.5 secs). I have worked with free weights and done cardiovascular (CV) exercizes all my life and have just gotten back to my CV routine.

I am eager to get back to weights (after another one or two months as recommended) and am not sure whether I can exercize using free weights or should use resistance machines.

I very much ap...


question on exercise

hi all, i'd just like a little advice from you pros. i was told by the doctors that i could resume normal activities and exercise after 3 weeks of implantation.
but after reading the horror stories of people with leads slipping out of place, i'm now not sure if i should wait longer. advice welcomed

dying for a swim,



I'm 51 and just got my PM last Friday, completely unexpectedly. I passed out a few times and my heart stopped for too long, so I was told it was a no-brainer. I'm sure it was the right call. Other than these episodes, my heart is in great shape and the doctor told me there shouldn't be any restriction on exercising, so I'd like to continue playing soccer on over-40 and over-50 teams. However, I've read that if you have a PM you should avoid contact sports, though, and sometimes it can get pr...


wii Fit board

does any one know if I can use the Wii fit board as it measures your bmi, and when i joined a gym they could not do it as it may have interfered with my pacemaker


Masters Swimming

Hi all,
I have been involved with Masters Swimming since the early 1970's. I became attached to my PM in March 2005.
Would any of you doing swimming work-outs tell me about any changes you have had - compared to pre-PM? If you did experience any changes, how did you adjust?
I would greatly appreciate you comments. Thanks for your time and help.



Running and Weightlifting

Hi everyone,

My cardiologist insisted on a pm after I passed out one day in April, '08 because of a low heart rate. I think it was because I took my metropolol pills to control atrial fib, too close together. My pm is set at 50 bpm.

Prior to this, I was running thirty miles a week and engaging in heavy lifting in the gym. (I am 69 years old and have worked out all my life) My question is: Dare I eventually go back to heavy dumbell presses and curls or should I fear injury a...


Has anybody gained weight after pm

After I got my PM I had gained over 40 lbs, and i'm having a hard time to loose the weight, I try to work out but I get tired easily, sometimes i don't even have energy to get out of bed, what can I do? has anyone had the same problem? I try to eat healty, sometimes i don't even have time to eat, and I haven't lost an ounce.

please help



Is my PM rate correct?

I have a VDD PM. Some times I feel that it stops me to continue running, not sure if the settings are ok for someone who is running a lot.
Here they are:
Mode: VDD, Mode switch off, Rates: Lower:50, upper 150
AV intervals: sensed AV 120ms, rate adaptive AV: on
Start rate: 70ppm, stop rate: 150PPM min SAV 30ms
PVARP:auto, min: 250, pvab:150 VertRef:230 PMT Interv:off PVC resp:off

Artial High Rate Epsisodes:
detection ra...


some issues with activity

Hi everyone
Just passed the first year of living with PM. I had only heart block problem and that’s why I received a PM. I can run and play soccer, but usually the day after I play my heart starts pounding and I feel lots of pressure on my neck. And it is on and off for a couple of days. A couple of times since last year I had to go to ER because of this issue, and they put me on monitor and even though that I had that feeling, they couldn’t see anything wrong with my heart. I even not sur...


Heart Rate monitors

Question.....I have been trying to increase my running, I currently run 5 times a week 6 - 10 kms at a time....I am wanting to get a heart rate monitor. The reason for this is that when I use my stepper or the treadmill I notice that my heart rate fluctuates dramatically....I spoke with my PM tech on my last visit and she made some adjustments but she told me that maybe is was the machine not picking up my heart rate properly.....I thought that was a reasonable answer, until such time that I wa...


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