Most Recent Messages in Exercise & Sports

Wanting to run again despite having an ICD

I am a 58 yr male that has had 2 heart attacks and VTach with an EF of 28.  I also have RA  I had an ICD implanted 2 years ago.

I used to be a long distance runner and completed several marathons.  While not realistically thinking this is in the cards I would like to run again.  Walking is OK but I long to be able to run again. My Cardiologist has encouraged me to exercise.  It has been nearly 8 years since the last time I ran any distance.  It's l...

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Volleyball vs. ICD

Hello! I just had my ICD implanted 2 weeks ago after a sudden cardiac arrest while playing volleyball. I’m sharing my experience in this microblog if anyone is interested.

Just wondering of anyone here had something similar and managed to come back to train and play volleyball.

 

https://medium.com/@rodrigoalberini/intro-88c0cf081082

 

Cheers!

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Scuba divers

Hello everyone and thank you for me being able to join this forum. I am a Dane and lives in Denmark 

 I might get a PM within the next year or so, and need to get a PM suited for scuba divers set to min.5 ATA equal to 40 meters. Anyone know about a brand? I understand St. Jude have one. Let me know of your experience 

thank you 

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Exercise- pushups

Can anyone comment on the performing of pushups and the wearing out of the leads of a pacemaker.

thank you

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i might have moved my pacemaker -- and now it hurts

I was pretty close to being dead -- my heart was stopping, once I woke up about a foot above the floor, I had convulsed.  My heart had stopped, my body convulsed in an attempt to restart it, and as i said, I was a foot or so above the floor, headed down fast!, when I woke up.

All of this is ancient history since I've had my Boston Scientific pacemaker installed -- it saved my life.

Not one event of this kind and my health generally has been much better. 

But a...

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Pacemaker tapping

So, wow, 5 weeks ago had a two chamber pacemaker installed due to slow heartbeat and heart beat stopping for 3 to 5 second intervals. Feel a whole lot better. So I am amazed at some of the posts here. You can actually tap on your pacemaker to speed it up, seriously? The other day my smart watch said my heart rate was at 134, and at the time not doing any type of physical labor. I have a Medtronics unit. Any comments with truthful answers appreciated! Lol.

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Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET)

Hello everyone,

I got a letter from my cardio team that they will be performing a CPET test during my next appointment. I had this test done last year but unsure how to dissect the test results? I referred the matter to Dr Google but unfortunately it has not been much of a help.

At my last appointment I did ask my cardiologist about the CPET results, his response was results ‘look good’ but he did not go into details, I guess due to limited time available or perhaps th...

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Treadmill Exercise

Hi, all! It has been almost a month to the day since my PM was inserted into my chest. I have a St. Jude dual chamber unit which was adjusted last week (pace increased) by my doctor.

A couple of days a week I have been going to the gym and utilizing the treadmill.  My question is this: Is there a limit I should follow or just "listen" to my body and adjust the machine, which I have been doing?  I am not looking to break any land speed records but I seem to tire soone...

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Running Heart Rate

I recently bought a new running watch that records my heart rate.  I walk 5 minutes and then I start jogging.  I use to run but at 70 I jog.  I start out slow but my heart rate spikes to around 152 and then spikes down.  This lasts maybe 30 seconds.  My heart rate then sort of levels off and my average will be around 138.  So why does my heart rate spike?  Thanks

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Doing Yard Work

Got the pacemaker two weeks ago.  After a few days started feeling human again.  I need to do morning chores for 2-3 hours.  They generally are yard and garden duties in the summer.  Went out two days ago and did general garding, pulling weeds, etc.  My wife, the retired ICU nurse, hovered pretty close.  She was there helping me with every chore.  We talked about my keeping my left arm from going out straight or over my head.  I concentrated on keeping...

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Incidence of lead fracture for pacemaker recipients who row

Aloha, all!

I was wondering if anyone has found data on incidence of lead fracture for pacemaker recipeints who row.  I just had a pacemaker implanted a week ago (subclavian placement) and my EP indicated returning to rowing would not be a problem.  However, it seems like many professionals recommend against rowing.

I am a single sculler, and a typical practice schedule for me is 25k-30k, 6 days a week.  I love rowing and hate the thought or reducing training volume...

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Rate responder

i got my PM 5 years ago at age of 46 for slow heart rate. I’m a runner and have had the rate responder adjusted three times because about 8 mos after an adjustment I begin to feel gassed out during my workouts. Last week the tech told me she adjusted the rate responder to its max setting. I am still feeling winded during slight exertions. Anyone else experienced similar condition? Also, read a posting about thumping the PM to make the accelerometer more responsive during workouts....

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I just wanted to know your experience with these activities until I get clearance from my doc

Hi everyone! I'm approaching two years with my medtronic and I just wanted to know if you've had any trouble with the following and if you'd advise against it:

-Push-ups

-Rowing maching

-Paddling out/surfing

I have my 6 month check up approaching soon but I just wanted to see what your experiences were until I see my doc. I'm just worried about repetitive movements and anything involving my chest muscles. My PM is underneath my left chest muscle. Thank...

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EP Study ā€“ Update.

Good evening all,

For those who are new please follow the link to get the background info.

https://www.pacemakerclub.com/message/35074.

Right had the dread the EP study carried out few days back and almost made full recovery. Yep it took over three months to make it happened, we love our NHS, lol.

The study was not dissimilar to described by Czechmate, yes my heart was tested to limits, it went off to the races...

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How long Accelerometer active while cycling?

Greetings Fellow Pacers,

I am intetested in learning more about: length of time sustained, and heart rate achieved when activating the accelerometer while cycling.  The accelerometer seems to really work when manually tapped in advance of a cycling effort such a climbing a steep hill.  Does the accelerometer cause the HR to reach the upper limit (140bpm in my case) but how long will it last until reverting back to the base rate (60bpm) while climbing longer and steeper hills?&...

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Skydiving

Hey 

Anyone on here skydive? Working through AFF but having some issues with 360 turns. Can’t work out where my issue is. It would be helpful to know if anyone has been through same/similar process and if so did you have any issues? 

 

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Can anybody explain this to me

So I have Pacer for bradycardia setting are set at 60/165 now when I was exercising before I got my hr max to 148  t fairly quickly according to my rythm+ heart rate band and in the middle of my walk it did not get a reading at all then when I stopped and started slowly walking it was reading my hr was in the low 50s and low 60s I think I got worried a little.

I also have a question on pacing with a Pacer and exercise do they make your heart rate go up quicker then if your natural...

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PM shield

I got PM 2 weeks ago. I am going to prepare a metallic shield which protcts the PM against pressure and hits in bjj. Has anybody used such before?

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Pacemaker

Pacemaker assurity mri model2272 installed on June 10th after a cardiac ablation on 85 yr old male.. My problem is trying to understand why the pacemaker, set at 80bpm doesn't keep my heart rate at that pace after I exercise and my heart rate falls to the 50's and stays there. I still have PVC's a after having the ablation. need someone to tell me what is going on? 

Thank you from an old marine

 

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Swimming laps

Hi all.  I am a 63 year old woman 2 years in with my pacer and all is great and I hike, bike, gym workouts, etc.  But until now I haven't been swimming.  First of all I'm in Pittsburgh and outdoor swimming is best in the summer and no indoor pools close by, secondly it was suggested that some strokes should not be considered due to pull on and potential breaking of the leads.  It was stated that particularly breast and butterfly strokes could be harmful but freesty...

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