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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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Biotronik depth ratings

Does anyone know the current depth rating for the latest Biotronik Eluna 8 DR-T? I have written x2 + phoned the Aus. distributers + they tell me they need to wait for Berlin to tell them. As these units have been available for some time, surely they must know what depth they can be taken to without being crushed or non-operational. My cave diving + deep wrecking diving days are obviosly over, but it would be nice if I could still dive shallow  coral reefs! My Cardiologist + EP have no id...

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Working Out

it's been 9 days since I had My device implanted. I want to start back working out. for those of us that's into fitness..any suggestings? 

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Are these too extreme...

Hi all, just joined the club (though I have been eligible since 1981). I know both of these topics have come up before but was wondering if there were any updates ...

1) scuba diving - we are going on holiday next week and I would really like to do an introductory dive. Any advice? 

2) skydiving - have always wanted to do this;my only concern is impact on the site when the ripcord is pulled. Has anyone done it (and did they use padding)?

All and any feedback gratefully...

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Swimming

It's been 35 days since my PM placement. I want to know if I can submerge myself in water? Or if I should wait and keep the scar dry...?

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Impact exercise and CRT device surgery/ boxing kickboxing martial arts

I am new to this post and new to this lifestyle change. I was a very active US Marine and former professional champion in Muay Thai Kickboxing. I had fought all over the world and trained many UFC champions as a striking coach. This past year I have been suffering the effects of the anthrax the government injected me multiple times with before invading Iraq in 2003/2004. My suffering is in the form of cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure with an EF of 15%. I also have a left bundl...

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Exercise

I wanted to get back to using my treadmill but an concerned about overdoing my exercise routine. First is it safe for me to use a treadmill. Are there any guidelines? I don't intend to run on the treadmill. I have knee replacement so I am limited in that respect. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Bob

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pacemaker and vibration therapy

Hi everyone. I have had my pace maker for one and a half years now. My problem is that I developed neuropathy while I was in the hospital. Can I receive vibration therapy with my pace maker?

Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks!

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Working out with a pacemaker

Hi everyone ! Im new to this club and this is my first post. I am 19 years old and have a pacemaker since i was 6. I had a pacemaker change when i was ~14, but still have the original leads, wich are now 14 years old.I started lifting weights when i was 17, with my doctor permission, but i was cautious with chest training. Recently i noticed that when i elevate my arm above my shoulder with a certain angle there is extracardiac stimulation of my chest, basically my pacemaker is stimulating my...

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Improved Pacemaker Replacements

I'm on my forth pacemaker and it will need to be replaced in the next two years.  All previous paceamkers had a problem responidng to transients like running uphill.  My current minute ventilation two lead pacemaker will support constant exercise but responds slowly to abrupt demand changes.  In the last five years has anyone solved this generic problem?

Ideally what I'd want is a device that accelerated quickly to increases in breathing rate or G level and ever s...

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exercise with pacemaker?

I belong to Curves and want to know if I can continue with their program?  I have had my pacemaker for 2 weeks.

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Training with a pacemaker

I am 65 year old a competitive masters rower, with 2nd degree AV block, had a pacemaker for 5 months. HR max is set at 170, the max I could get to prior to AV block. 

The HR max I can get to so far is 156, so it must be physiological not pacemaker limited. The odd thing is that when I do  aerobic limit training 40 mins at HR <145 3 times a week, I am not seeing any improvement in performance over 1 month. Prior to pacemaker I would see clear incremental impro...

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Long stretch in swimming

It has been recommended that I get an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) because tests show i have a mutation sometimes associated with  "Brugada syndrome" but not actual Brugada syndrome.

("Brugada syndrome (BrS) is a genetic disorder in which the electrical activity within the heart is abnormal. It increases the risk of abnormal heart rhythms and sudden cardiac death.")

SWIMMING:  I swim in a 25m poo...

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It may be the first time we've felt a normal heart rhythm in a long time, so of course it seems too fast and too strong.