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Sensitivity change

I am 6 days post op for CI,have a Biotronik pm. Am scheduled to have sensitivity changed tomorrow from medium to low. How  “sensitive” is such a change, dramatic or subtle? On a low setting, will I be able to undergo strenuous cardio or swimming workouts? Thinking maybe I shouldn’t change setting.

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Paced Out with Pacemaker

I received a phone call from someone monitoring my ICD remotely and she said that I "paced out" yesterday at 2pm. I asked her what that meant and she said I had a rapdi heasrtbeat.

I told her I was running on the treadmill and she asked If I experienced anything. I did not. It was also the first time I ran relatively fast (for me) on the treadmill.

The question is what does it mean if I "paced out". Does it mean the EP should increase the upper limit of my pace...

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Kite surfing with a pacemaker

Hi, I'm new to the group so sorry if this has been covered before but has anyone out there had experience of kite surfing with a pacemaker?  If so did you have any problems?  I had mine fitted last September and have got back into snowboarding and cycling as well as non-upper body gym work, now I want to get back out on the water.  I have some concerns but feel with a harness will not have any problems.  Just looking for anyones experiences for peace of mind and for my...

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Medtronic vs Boston Scientific

I am hoping someone has some knowledge on this subject. I had a PM implanted in December. My EP/surgeon told me that it would sense my respiration and respond accordingly when exercising, which I do a lot of. Many types but swimming is a primary. Due to what I can only describe as a screwup on the hospitals part, my original doctor did not do the surgery. I was assured that I would get the device intended for me. I have a Medtronic PM which at least one device tech and others on this forum sa...

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re-pasemaker surgery on 02/20/2019

still in pain 4weeks after surgery am used to walking 4miles a day in past now cant even walk / 1mile hope i can get back to normal these doctors are a waste of time tell u nothing to help however i am keeping busy watching amazon prime movies trying to keep my mind off the healing process hope all of u great fols will be feeling better asap   thanks for more help than these doctors would not give     robert   arizona

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Exercising post pm

Hello all

Have redone echo and 24hr holter 2 months post pacemaker and my LVEF still no change. I was cleared before these results to go back to CrossFit and gym. However the cardiologist still didn’t recommend weights even though I did explain what CrossFit was. Anyone who has gone back to exercise including weights?? What sort of limitations did you find?? Were you given any indication on max weights aside from if it hurts don’t do it?? I am doing more interval training wi...

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Long distance kayaking and my new PM

I am a newby pm owner as of one month ago tomorrow. 68 yrs old. Avid long distance kayamper and hiker. How soon can I expect to start training for my next kayamping trip which starts Aug 1st on the Yellowstone River for 554 miles and approx 20 days? Will be paddling approx 8hrs a day. How soon can I expect to carry a full backpack with a week's food and gear for several days safely? 

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When can i start doing upper body workouts

I had my St. Jude Medical dual lead pacemaker implanted on February 6th of this year. I am now in my 5th week. How long should I wait until I do upper body workout with the circuit training at the gym? I don't use free weights. I use circuit training machines.

I feel good like I am ready. However, I am reading a lot of things on here about waiting 8 weeks.

I don't do heavy weights at all. I just want to firm up my upper body. Prior to getting a pacemaker, I became vegan an...

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Wait time after implant

aloha,

i had my pacemaker implanted this am. Release tomorrow. 

I am 71, very active. Free weight body builder 4-5 days a week.

my info this am was a 8 week light duty routine before I can return to free weights resistance training  

Or paddle board surfing, or yoga or housework where shoulders, or

push, pull and reach are needed

Has anyone been able to speed this time frame up? Can the scar tissue capt...

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Bruising along leads

I know I’m extremely lucky and greatful for my PM, and this is a female vanity question - I exercise/train a lot, which I love, I’m 37, 5ft 4” and 70kg, last couple of months I have a bump showing in my leads, hospital check-up I was told it’s fine but last couple of weeks I’ve got bruising around the bump, does anyone else get this? Sometimes I get swelling but the bruising is new, today it’s really sore so I know it’s not ri...

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Workout blues

Hi everyone, I’m new to this forum and have been reading through a number of post and comments - which has been super helpful! I’m hoping someone can comment on my situation below - wondering if anyone else has been really struggling with getting their activity levels back up to “normal” before the pacemaker? 

I am 30 years old and had my pacemaker implant early September 2019.  I was very active until the several months leading up to the surgery, where...

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exercise with pacemaker?

I got my PM 8 weeks ago and started back at the gym 2 weeks ago, weight and resistance training, and it seems my PM is protruding more on left side.  I can see and feel the bumps (about 4) that the leads make.  I am 5' 1"  120 lbs so not much body fat.  Does exercise do that or is it just normal?  Thanks so much for all theadvice, you all make this so much easier!

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Heart Rate Does Not Respond To Exercise

I am now 4 months post Biotronic implant, having been diagnosed (I believe) with SSS . Throughout my life I have been very active, including medium distance road-running (several marathons in my 50s and early 60s), cycling, weights, and more recently, recreational rowing (eights). In 2012, at the age of 80 I won the world indoor rowing competition (the "CRASH Bs" held in Boston MA) for my age group.

For most of my life my resting heartbeat has been in the order of 45 bpm; abou...

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Heart rate increases rap;idly

I am now 3 months post Medtrolnic implant, and until the past two weeks had other health issues that intefered with exercise.   I am 66, and had SSS, with a resting rate of 40 and a max HR of 100.  The PM is set to a resting rate of 60 and a max of 140, and the EP doc agreed to increase it to 155; but I wish he would set it to 170.  Prior to developing SSS I would walk 6-8 miles a day 3-4 days a week, or 50 min on the elliptical.

The issue I have is that my HR rapidl...

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Types of pacemakers

I am getting my first pacemaker if a few weeks. Even though i am very active I suffer aflutter and svt and now slow heart rate. Just for extra fun. I also recently started getting high blood presure and vomiting. 

The cardiologist said this is the next step.

 I live in Australia and love SCUBA diving and muay thai. I figure no more sparing but hopping to be able to dive. 

I have read st judes do a model that goes at 7atm. What else should i be asking the cardi...

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Biotronik depth ratings update

I have been in contact with Berlin re the depth rating of my Eluna 8 DR-T.  Berlin -"... your Eluna 8 DR-T pacemaker has been tested to withstand an ambient pressure up to 150 kPa [1.5 bar]. These tests have been conducted so that the physician can decide whether or not the patient can have hyperbaric oxygen therapy in a pressure chamber. The above mentioned value corresponds to 5m of diving depth..."

This depth is very disappointing, but better than not being able to div...

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Limitations

Thanks to everyone for your imput into my questions regarding limitations post Pacer implant, but I have another question.  I hear a lot about the wires breaking.  I understand what was said about activity, but how do the wires play a factor into what I can do and what I can't?  Are there certain things that I need to consider so that doesn't happen?

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Exercise and work

I just got a dual chamber pacer for a second degree type 1, Wenkebach rhythm last Wednesday.  I enjoy working outside on my 5 acre property.  I have two horses and I do heavy yard work.  I enjoy swimming, scuba, and some moderate weight lifting.  I also work as a nurse in a trauma ICU, which can get physical.  What can I expect as far as limitations?  I'm concerned how this will effect my lifestyle.  Does anyone have suggestions, experience or advice?

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Frustrations with rate response, communication related to device selection

Apologies for length of this post:

I am interested in knowing if my experience is shared by others.  I am a recent (12/10/2018) of a pacemaker. I am 69 years old and very active.  I probably do 3-4 times the recommended 150 minutes/week on a regular basis. I have been a swim coach for 40+ years so swimming is a primary exercise but I also bike, paddle, XC ski, hike and I run some.  I have had a very low resting HR for quite a while (low-mid 40s). In recent years it seemed...

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Weight training

PM inserted last July.

Ok to resume weight training at my prior pace whch included handling heavy weights?

Prior to the PM insertion, I lifted regularly since I was 65. I'm 82 now.

Thanks, Ed

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I'm 35 and got my pacemaker a little over a year ago. It definitely is not a burden to me. In fact, I have more energy (which my husband enjoys), can do more things with my kids and have weight because of having the energy.