Most Recent Messages in Exercise & Sports

Any runners on here to explain ?

I'm nearly three months in to having my pacemaker (second degree heart block) and started a couch to 5k running programme to ease me back into running.

My maximum heart rate a few months before my pacemaker was 185ish and at this effort I would have been running around 6 minute/mile pace. 

Today my pace was almost walking pace running at exactly 10 minute/mile pace and my heart rate shot up very quickly to 165 and then after a mile or so sat at around 175. I was bare...

Read More...

Exercise intensity

I have an ICD since July 20. Previously ran on fells but now walking on fells.I like to try and work hard uphills but I'm really unsure how hard to push.Seem to be 25 per cent slower than before and don't know if anyone else has any advice for settings.Im 57 .

Thanks Andy

Read More...

Upper body exercises

Hi all

Im wondering if anyone can tell me what upper body exercises to avoid in the gym.

I was paced about 3 weeks ago and am eager to get back to the free weights as well as the machines. BUT im very nervous about ripping out or off my leads or splitting the wires. Pre surgery I was a big gym enthusiast and would do all different types of bench presses shoulder presses peck deck machine  lat pull down machine dumbell flies etc etc.  All these exercises put strain o...

Read More...

iWatch Heart Rate Anomalies

My resting heart rate is 51 bpm.

While resting, my iWatch will occasionally report a heart rate in the low 40's although my pacemaker minimum threshold is 50!   Perhaps that is an ectopic issue, but sometimes it records for periods of up to 10 minutes in the low 40's! That seems difficult to explain as an ectopic issue?

While exercising, my iWatch is fairly accurate (confirmed by chest strap, tre...

Read More...

Hiking

Hi folks, I have a question for all of you. Prior to August 2019 and my heart attack, pacemaker was implanted in September 2019. I was a pretty avid hiker. I plan on getting back into it this summer, so my question is about the pack. Do any of you hike with packs, if so, how do you handle the strap over the shoulder? Do you have extra padding over pacemaker site? My cardiologist also said to stay below 10,000 feet because I have two stents. I will not go above 7000 so no worries there. Apprec...

Read More...

Starting to exercise

It feels like a distant memory but over a couple of months have past since my pacemaker was fitted and I'm now doing a couch to 5K running regime along with a some bike rides. 

I've not pushed my heart to pre-implant levels yet, I am going to wait until I have a definite appointment with the cardiologist before I do that.

It's so tempting though to push it as I had run my fastest mile in many years (5mins 19secs) a few months before my PM was fitted but I know sta...

Read More...

Exercise and Heart Block

I have had my PM since 9/2019.  I am 66 and prior to was in elite shape.  I could easily run 10 miles.  Now I struggle with 2. During the preceeding two years prior to 2019 I occassionally experienced EXTREME fatigue (once every three months) during intense exercise.  I discovered in stress tests that it was 2/1 heart block.  My EP said a PM would 'fix this'.  After the PM, I have regularly experienced 2/1 heart block during exericse (once or twice a...

Read More...

LBBB in Older Male Athlete - What to expect

Hi all!  I'm new to this forum.  A little background.  I'm 67 year old male, in excellent physical shape - dont smoke, have 117/70 BP, have resting HR 45-50, 6'3" tall, 188lbs, 10% body fat, exercise 2-3 hours daily with some sort of activity from rock and ice climbing, running, road biking, alpine mountaineering, weight lifting, etc.

Several years ago I was experiencing a significant number of PVCs.  My doctor at the time was a cardiologis...

Read More...

Chest exercises

I hav a pacemaker for 2 years. I'm 84 years old.

Prior to my PM insertion I was a life long exercise enthusiast, (resistance,weight trainer).

I spoke to my cardio doc about resuming light weightlifting using 3 lb dumbels.

He preferred other forms of exercise, like walking, swimming.

but kind of frowned when it came to weight lifting.

 I decided  to disregard his advice and proceeded to start light weight training last August .

I'm bac...

Read More...

Fast Heart rate

Hello Everyone !  I am 66 years old and have had a PM for 13months . I have had a very active life playing sports and working out etc.   When I work out certain motions make my heart rate shoot up to about 120.  Example, pushups or a short sprint.  I am able to walk at a fast pace for 40 min and my pulse may get above 90. Most other exercises have  little or no effect. Early on, rolling over in bed would make my pulse go up also . When I am on a treadmill walking at f...

Read More...

Pilates, Advanced Reformer Exercises

Hi All, I could use some guidance and advice.  I've had my St. Jude for about 6 weeks.  It was placed over, and the leads tied to, the left pectoralis, very near my axilla (arm pit).  I have serious ortho issues (alignment, posture) that I've kept at bay with Pilates and after years reached a very advanced level of Pilates (reformer and chair) with amazing results.  Today I showed my doc pics of typical moves and was told I shouldn't do them as I could rip the...

Read More...

Biotronik PM Edora 8 DR-T

I had a Biotronik PM implanted yesterday(Edora 8 DR-T) I hope this message finds Mark. I was reading a post by Mark (by darmaggi 2020-11-10  16:14:11) Mark, I read in your post that you found a good Technician to adjust your PM . Would you mind sharing his name and how to reach him? How did you find him? I'm a serious runner and hope to maintain or improve my level of performance. I'd appreciate your help.

Woody

 

Read More...

Golf

I am a healthy 64 Golf fanatic with a very active lifestyle that had a Pacemaker implanted 31/2 weeks ago.  My cardiologist suggested that I could return to full Golf activities after 4 weeks.  So far everything has gone well and I have been able to swing 1/2 speed with no issues.  I am a 6 Index Golfer with a near 100mph driver swing speed.

My question is does anybody else have expierience playing Golf after 4 weeks?  Most of the posts I see on this Fourm seem to su...

Read More...

Exercise

Hello 

i need some information on weather or not exercising on  a power plate would affect my pace maker, any information would be helpful.

Read More...

What to ask?

So I visited my doctor that handles my interrogation of my pacemaker(I dont know if they are called EP)last week and advised me not to do upper body exercises like push ups and pull ups since they flex and extend my shoulder and could make leads bend and cause wear and tears on them, my doctor said it would cause the leads to be dislodge, it isnt a high chance but theres a possibility. Though people in these forum encourage me not to worry and its ok to do these and I'm grateful and happy...

Read More...

Iam sad

So My pacemaker was implanted for more than a year before I started working out. I was happy and gain more confidence in myself when I started because never in my 20 years of life I would be doing exercises for myself, in the past years all I do is sit or lie down playing games and whatnot and I was happy to make a change for myself. Months later I started seeing progress especially the gains of muscle. Sadly after my next check up on my doctor advised me not do to push and pull exercise with...

Read More...

Rate response setting

Hi!!

I've had my pacemaker for 1 year, I'm unsure as to whether I need my settings looked at, or I just need to improve my fitness 🤣

Is there an easy way to tell if 'rate response' has been activated?

I gather that helps keep the device in tune with what your body needs through exercise?

Any feedback is welcome,  with the way things are, all outpatients appointments are waaaaaaay behind at the minute so a bit of advice would be great!!

Read More...

Shortness of Breath on starting to exercise

Just thought I would pass on some information to all those people that have shortness of breath starting their exercise.

I mentioned to my cardiologist (one of three) that I was wondering whether my hypertrophic cardiomyopathy ( thickening of the heart muscle) was responsible for my shortness of breath on initiating exercise ( the heart muscle is known to be 'stiff' [lacking compliance] with this condition). The result was a referral to have my PM settings checked. Yesterda...

Read More...

Exercising

I'll be getting a defibrillator soon. I'm 61 and have been into exercising since I was 16. Since I'm older now, I do lighter weights, more repetitions. I keep hearing conflicting things, no more weight lifting at all, lighter weight, more reps are OK and on and on. It is very important to be to keep my body tight and defined. I can't stand the thought of quitting. Tell me about what you all know about all that. Ralph

Read More...

fitbit

At times my fitbit will quit registering HR and show --------, it coincides with unusually high  HR for short time.  Like 180+.  I don't know if myHR really goes up that high or if it is a  fitbit error!  I am being monitored by a Vector device daily so am hoping it would show up on that.  Has anyone else had that problem?  I have had PM for 2 years now and no apparent problems.  Thanks

Read More...

You know you're wired when...

Microwave ovens make you spark.

Member Quotes

To tell you the truth I never even give it a second thought. While growing up it never stopped me from doing anything and to this day my girlfriend or my kids need to remind me that I have one!