Most Recent Messages in Exercise & Sports

Return to Exercise

What's been your return to exercise process? I plan to talk to my Cardiologist/EP and get the ok first. It's been a month and was told 4-6 weeks. I am currently booked off work and wanting to get back at it. So I am looking at getting a referral to a Exercise Physiologist. Has anyone been referred to one? I've read a lot of posts with concerns about heart rate. How has everyone managed? Are there any ah ha moments worth sharing? I've read about cycling. I love m...

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Cycling heart rate

I am 72 years old and been cycling for 17 months, did 2200 miles last year and 400 this year. It is April in Penna.  I am struggling on hills and this manifests as not getting enough oxygen; really short of breath on hills. My heart rate does not increase at a rate that correlates to my exertion.  Throughout the winter I did SPIN classes 3X week, HITT on a stepper machine and rowing machine (same results) and EWOT on the stepper machine (the 90% oxygen worked well).&n...

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Sports and ICDs

Hello, I've just had an ICD fitted one month ago and so far so good. 

I've been searching for answers to a few questions but there appears to be no information available so hoping someone might have some answers. 

I play a combat shooting sport called airsoft, we use replica weapons that use 6mm plastic pellets to "shoot" each other. Obviously protecting the wound site is crucial but my questions relate more to electrical interference of my device. ...

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Swelling

Hi Everyone!  I am five weeks post PM fitting.  Prior to the PM, I was very active and taught a number of fitness classes a week.  Two days ago I started light weight lifting again as well as running on the treadmill.  Today I notice that there is a bit of swelling around the PM site.  Is this normal?

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One more time - meaning of ADL and UR and what is wrong with my PM settings?

Hello!

I have a Medtronic Azure PM and am trying to configure it so that I can get back to all my physical activities again. It's been a difficult journey and my case is particularly complicated. 

I bike, run and play tennis and the PM wasn't smart enough - so we have turned off the automatic rate optimization and it's been helpful to some extent.

The problem I am struggling with (and trying to solve) is that I cannot run without stopping

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Scuba diving

I have always been advised by doctors and nurses that I shouldn't scuba dive with a pacemaker/ICD, however I saw a post here showing lots of you all scuba dive.

I always took the advise I'd been given, but it's clear that isn't the whole picture.

What are peoples' thoughts on scuba diving? 

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Pacemaker and PHYSIO STEP LTD

I was told that those machines have electromagnetic resistance and should not  be used by people with pacemakers. Yet when I was in the hospital and rehab I was using them on manual setting. Is PHYSIO STEP perhaps different than SCI LIFT or NUSTEP which hospital and rehab had?

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New Rowing Machine and Irritation

I just got a very nice acqua indoor rower three days ago and have used it a bit..

After working out a little after 2 days I noticed that I felt some irritation inside my chest close to the incision. Have had the pacemaker since July 5 of last year.  I have stopped using the machine because I thought that, perhaps, the resistance I had it set to was too heavy, at this stage. I have lowered the resistance but have not used that setting as yet.

I know others are using rowers suc...

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ejection fraction fell to 40 post placement 2 lead pacer.

My EP suggested a bivnetricular pacemaker after a drop of my ejection fraction to 40 post two year placement of my original L311 Boston Scientific device.  There is no infarction or damage and the original two lead placement was for a a type II block, bradycardia. Has anyone gotton a boost feeling better when a triple lead pacemaker has been installed.

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Elliptical trainer or Rowing machines?

Would be great if PM club members comment in order to help me to make decision regarding physical exercises.

Status: I have PM implanted 5 years ago. There was found a problem with one lead (was "loosing a signal" ) 1/2 year ago. After a very detailed check (incl. contrast computer angiography, ecografia etc.) nothing found - no dislocation, no broken lead (that could be visible; probably some problem inside of electrode). Moreover, due to all parameters during 5-year che...

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Longest living man with a pacemaker

https://thedailynews.cc/articles/greenville-man-living-a-healthy-battery-powered-life/

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Bundle of HIS Pacing - Lifting Weights

I know there is alot of discussion on weight lifting but I was told today that I have to be extra careful because the bundle of HIS lead is more likely to dislodge?  Anyone have any experience with this?

I am 7 months post bundle of HIS lead revision, and about 12 months post pacemaker.

Thanks 

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www.paceguard.com

paceguard

Found this from a 2011 posting!  Anyone know of other GOOD sites to buy pacemaker supplies from?  Is there a vest you can buy/wear temporarily to protect your pacemaker when you are operating a chain saw or working on a car to protect you from Electromagnetic fields ?

by ZoieS - 2011-09-19 03:09:13

There is a product out on the market specifically for pacemaker protection. It's called Paceguard. It has been used for sports or...

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Share weightlifting lifts

Hey all- I'm 10 months from when I got my battery buddy and thinking about getting started lifting again. EP says I'm good to go, told me a few "don't do" lifts. 

But wanted to hear from the community what lifts do you do? I'm not looking to be the Hulk, but it would be good to do some lifting (I currently run and play tennis frequently).

If you are willing to share your regimine with me I would appreciate it!

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Swimming

I had a Pacemaker implanted in October 2019. I have had the first check up and all was well and I now use a Latitude device at home.

The technician seemed cagey when I asked if I could swim again - I'm afraid I'm a little scared of damaging the leads. How long did other members wait until  continuing to swim?

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Playing Tennis

Hi, I have been implanted with dual chamber ICD about 6 weeks back , I play tennis almost every day at club level.

Fear of damaging my leads is keeping me away from playing. Can playing tennis cause issues with leads. 

Can anyone kindly advice

 

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Weightlifting

I'm new to this forum.  I had a PM implanted mid January, 2020 for a 2nd Degree AV block.  I was feeling it most when I would exercise, and especially heavy weight lifting.  Eventually it got to be all of the time, even getting up from the couch.  I had hit an all time peak with new PR's for myself with lifting and had my sights set on competing in Strongman this summer.  Things have changed a bit now.

My doctor said I can go back to lifti...

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Emergency ID while running or cycling

Hi all,

I'm a runner and cyclist, about 10 days into the pacemaker adventure.  So far, I'm pretty happy with it, that 33 bpm hr was getting kind of old.  I've  had a Road ID for about ten years, a handy wrist band with basic medical and contact info on it in case I should ever get hit by a car etc.  I'm just wondering, what do any of you active people use for emergency id?

Thanks!

John

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Very low BP (77/44) while exercising

Hi Again,

I will try to supply you with as much info as I can. I had a cardiac ablation for reducing false beats in myheart on 06-10-19. Initial count was 22,000 per day.

I am down to 3,900 presently with the use of flecainide. I had a pacemaker put in on the same day as the ablation. Base of 80 , max of 130.

I was always athletic with hockey (35 yrs) , power lifting ( 500 lb squats) , tennis, softball, etc. I bring on this drop of BP when I start to do light exercise.<...

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Low BP while exercising

Hi All,

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