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Biventricular ICD 100% pacemaker dependent. and Fitbit

I have a Fitbit Versa 2. I had a dual chamber ICD Oct 2018 until feb 2020. Now due to all treatment failures. I have a Biventricular ICD with 100% dependent on pacemaker.  That alone scares me Worry about battery failure and wires displacing. I noticed my Fitbit does not measure HR accurately. When I had dual Chamber ICD, it was fairly accurate. Fitbit couldn't really help as they have not studied the pacemarkers with their devices. This is what they told me today. Any suggestions.

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Something to hold ICD in place while running?

Hello! I'm a young male, had an ICD implanted about one year ago after surviving SCA while running. I haven't run since, but I would like to. Whenever I make fast, sudden movements the ICD feels like it's bouncing in my chest in a very uncomfortable way that has prevented me from excercizing. Do others experience this? Can you recommend a certain strap or something to help hold it in place while I run? 

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Heart rate

Hi all, have a question maybe someone can help with. I'm 63 and was very physically active for many years, worked out a lot. Unfortunately last August I suffered a heart attack, but all is well now. I not only have a PM but two stents as well. In November I got the ok from cardiologist to start working out again, with some limitations. I'm now running and doing kettlebell Workouts again. My problem is this, if I'm running and have to go up hill I start to panic a little if my HR g...

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How soon can I exercise

I'm just wondering it is two weeks tomorrow that I've had my CRT-D implanted, I'm just wondering how soon I can start exercising lightly to start with?

thank you!!

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Heart Rate Monitor Inaccuracy

This is what was happening. I would bike on my trainer and at certain points my heart rate would drop, and I would be out of breath. I thought what was happening was my pacemaker was malfunctioning and that I was experiencing the same 2:1 AV block phenomenon that got me to get it in the first place. 

 

So, this morning I spent about an hour on my bike at the hospital with my electrophysiologist, his nurse/tech, Matt from Medronic (my brand of PM) and a couple of other pe...

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Waiting for AV node ablation panic!!

Hi ,

This is my first post.

Briefly my background is that I am 64 now. In my twenties I was a first category semi pro bike rider.

I started with paroxysmal AF in 1990

AF later became permanent, over the last 30 years I have tried all the drugs available and also had 5 ablutions to try and cure the AF . The last ablation got me back in sinus rhythm for nearly 2 years then it dropped out again into AF.

Normal life in AF I can manage OK but I have nil excercise tole...

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Scuba Diving

I'm a long time scuba diver and have been pacing for 16 years.  My surgeon says that I can go back to diving about 8 weeks after my lead extraction and replacement. Is that what you divers have done or did you give yourself a bit more time?

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Golfers.....When can I drive a golf ball?

I had a pacemaker installed 17 days ago. I am a 79 yr old female who plays golf 3 times aweek. I am healing well but am traditionally a slow, but thorough healer. My doctor says I can play in about six weeks from procedure, but that sounds scary to me.  I am not young, but have full turning swing and (for me ) solid impact and follow through.  ( love my EP but he is young, not fit, and does not play sports) Would love to hear from some golfers. Thanks.

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Update

  Swam a mile tonight. Wasn't any reason to go less than usual. First time in six weeks, so I went more slowly and broke it up into 4 quarter miles with a walk up and back in between quarters.

  My PM setting of 130 BPM needs to be higher; yet I just slowed down as I swam. I wasn't that fast before. I just swim to stay in shape.

  Felt a lot of stretching at the PM site; yet it felt like I needed it. It's sore now; yet all my muscles are.

&nbs...

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Pacemaker settings for Swimming after 6 weeks

  I also have questions about my Pacemaker settings prior to swimming again. I was told in my first follow-up appointment that my settings were 130 and 60 BPM. During the last 6 weeks I have been walking at a fast pace for 5 to 6 miles at a time and I do not feel winded at all. I quit ether because I run out of time, get bored, or my legs get sore. All I did for exercise  6 years prior to the Pacemaker implant was swim.

  Now that I am ready to start swimming ag...

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Swimming after 6 weeks away

Hi everyone, my dual chamber PM was implanted on 12/2, so tomorrow is the 6 week mark. I started walking the day after insertion and have been averaging 5-6 miles of fast walking a day, 6 days a week; yet swimming was my only form of exercise for years before my event, so I am excited to get started again. 

  I was told I could swim after 6 weeks and my doctor knew I was a swimmer before the PM was placed; yet he put it in the sub clavicle vein and I do not know...

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Planks

Hi There, 

 

Wondering regarding the safety of planks.  My upper body strength and core is really suffering.  I used to love to row - but that is out.  I have been doing the treadmill and exercise bike.  Wondering what others do for upper body strength.  It has only been 7 months and still feeling a little timid.

 

Thanks!

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Is Yoga safe for people with pacers?

Does anybody on here pracrtice yoga. I was wondering how safe it is to practice yoga and if there are some positions I need to aviod diong. My pacer is just above the left side of my chest near the clavical.

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walking update

Want to  thank all who had commented  my previous thread about walking.

Saw the acupuncturist  on Friday morning who did the "Jaffee-Melnor Technique"  to remove in my mind the words "this is too long a walk".  Friday afternoon looked down the block and it did not  seem long.  Then walked to the corner and back.  No problems.  Saturday did the same plus  to the next block and back, again no unsteady gait.&nb...

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Has anybody experienced this?

Hello it has been a while last interrogation in September yielded me more time for my heart to think on it's own due to intermittence. I was wondering if anybody has experienced a vibration like sensation the day after working out. so I had my scheduled pacer remote last month which was fine after I called to explain my episode. I started going to the gym more after that and twice after I used the treadmill the day after I felt a on and off vibrating sensation was kind of faintl...

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Primary settings and optimisation

Hi Jerry,

I too am 80 and I think you may have suffered the same poverty of information I have in the past.  Your letter is dated and I hope what I tell you is is out of date but if not I suggest to you that your 130 top and what I 'guess' is your 60 bottom are 'primary settings' awaiting optimisation.  Cardiologists don't always mention it but you need 'optimisation', hopefully to something higher and something lower.  My top pulse is 160 bpm...

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Medtronic app

Why has my app stop working for physical activity 

 

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QardioCore

(Un)fortunately, I'm a new member to the club...both Pacemaker Club (fortunate) and device owner (unfortunate in a way).  I recently had a Biotronik pacemaker/ICD implanted and NOW have relatively minor heart pacing and blood pressure issues I've never experienced. Hopefully, these will be corrected and it's not a device issue or my heart not accepting the device. 

As a former long-distance cyclist, I've always monitored my heart rate.  Most of these monit...

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Swallow syncope

Hi everyone. I have not yet had a PM fitted but I had an implanted loop recorder inserted 2 years ago and my Cardiologist has recommended a PM although not urgently.

I am a 62 year old triathlon coach who has exercised all my life. My resting HR is 32 due to an enlarged heart brought on by endurance sports and it has never caused me any issues until 7 years ago when I fainted unexpectedly. Long story short, it appears that I have a condition called 'Swallow syncope' and specific...

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walking

Have not be able to walk outside more than 2 houses from me either direction for over a year now.  Tried to walk to the end of the block  the other day, but am still shaky and off balance when walking.  Can walk from parked van to inside box stores without that problem. Then pushing a cart around without any trouble walking.

Thought the pacemaker would help that, guess not .   Implanted Aug 21,2019.

mary

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