Most Recent Messages in Exercise & Sports

Long term effects of more sensitive rate response PM settings

This issue emerged on a recent thread (See "HR dropping while on climbs") about rate response to support biking up hills. 

Link to thread:

https://www.pacemakerclub.com/message/37472/hr-dropping-while-on-climbs

Member frankmcw2 posted his suggested settings for Medtronic PMs to make the rate response settings more sensitive to movement. I'd previously (more than an year back) requested and got  that same pdf document from frankmcw2. I t...

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HR dropping while on climbs

Had a PM (Medtronic Azure) for about 18months, going back a few times for technicians to retune. Can run fine with hr in the 165/170 region and consistent.

Problem I am having though is that when cycling it is not picking up movement correctly, in that when I start climbing, half way up a hill it thinks I've stopped moving so starts reducing the HR. Wouldn't be so bad but leads to basically hitting 'the wall' , dizzy and wandering a bit on the road. Not good with tr...

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Question -- about sports with a pacemaker

Hi All

I'm totally new to this site and could use some advice if you have time to share.  

I just turned 60.  I will need a pacemaker.  I never passed out but did get ligh-headed a few times in the last year.    The doctor monitored me for 14 days a Zio patch and my heart stopped 3 times for 1 second each.   My normal beats were around 49-61 beats per min.    I avoided all sports  during the monitoring period.  &...

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Really beginning to get cycling again.

I am 78 and a lifetime cyclist. I am 4 months post op when I recieve a replacement Aortic Valve (Via TAVI) and a single line Boston Scientific pacemaker. I am in permanent Afib according to the ECG and the PM is doing its job.

After 6 weeks I was exercising whithin reason. Over the next few weeks with the support of my Cardiologst the PM Tech and the Cardio Rehab, I am getting out and really enjoying an active cycling/sports life again.

The PM has been set 50 low an...

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tachycardie

Hi Germita,

The upper limit setpoint was adjusted from 170 to 200bpm -it was decided that my physical efforts during competition and training could exceed the 170bpm mark so pm rep. found it justified to increase upper limit allso as a safety precaution that this incident won't occur again.My first bike test I couldn't pass the 145 bpm threshold due to the pm holding back- my 2nd bike test as I explained I had to do some serious cycling that took me to 182 bpm.During cyclin...

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Rate Response Boston Scientific S606

I have a Boston Scientific Altura 60, S606 DDDR Pacemaker instralled 29Nov 2010. Last regular interrogaiton 4/11/20. Was told I had 3  mos of battery left. What I could see of the monitor showed the battery indicator way  to the left either in the ERT or EOL range; I am not an  MD, and I could not see it well enough to be sure but it was way to the left, and the electrophysiologist said 3 mos. In April I began walking 2 - miles per day up from 1-2 miles; in June began swimming...

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rowing

Hi all hope you are all well.

I recently bought a rowing machine and was told to keep my heart rate no more thasn 150 as I`m now 70, (old gummers assoc!), anyway.. has anyone had issues with digoxin because I take it azlong with elequis, and I find my hear still races a bit when exercising, I thought digoxin doesnt let it get to high..the other day when on my rower my heart rate went upto about 165 but came back to normal with 4-5 minutes, wonder if beta blockers are better. thank you f...

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High Heart rate issues

Hey guys first time posting I had my pacemaker implanted 6/23/20 just over 6 weeks ago. I was cleared to start exercising at the 6 week mark. I was rowing like normal and between intervals my heart rate dropped like normal then out of the blue hit 243 BPM for 1:10 long. I have a follow up appointment next week but I am wondering if anyone has ever experienced this before? What should I be asking the Doctor when I see him and the last thing is could this be just a simple setting that coul...

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Betablocker, weight gain and effects on sport performance

Hi

 

I am 78, very active ( I run 5-6  km about 3 times a week and go to the gym in the winter).

I feel great and I have a lot of energies for my age.

 

Last year, though, I had to run to the emergency ward of a local hospital because my heart was racing at 180 bpm at rest, just before starting my usual running session.

But for the cardio watch I wouldn’t have known, because I was feeling perfectly OK.

 

The cardiologis...

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Starting to Run Again

Question to runners... 

I have had my PM now for a month and have been doing a lot of walking. The doctor released me after my 2 week check up to be able to run agility with my dog which doesn't involve a lot of running, just some short bits between obstacles. I have also recently tried just running a little during my walks. The problem I am having is the PM moves and hurts. Doe this go away? Is there something I can do to keep it from moving?

For the women runners - Have...

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Lifting weights

Hi All, 

I'm Paul from Kerala, Southern Province of India. Hope you're all safe during this Covid era. I  have implanted pacemaker for the last 18 years. Now running on the  Second one for the  last 10 years.  I have condition of  Sick sinus syndrome and My pacer is St jude ddrcdual  chambered, which  is implanted on the right side and  the leads on left side. 

 

I have  a concern  of weight lifting usi...

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Golf in the heat

Well I decided to try and play golf today even though the heat was terrible.

the last time I tried to play I had to quit on the 13th hold.  Today I just made 11 and almost fainted on the 11th tee.  When I straightened up from teeing the ball up I had about 15 seconds of pressure build up in my head and my ears stopped up.  My playing partners said I was whiter than a sheet of paper.  I drove back to the clubhouse and still felt terribly weak.  I drank another 16...

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Contact Sports

I know this is perhaps a NO go.  What precautions or equipment could i use or wear so i can play a little rough. i am on my second unit and original wires.

Thanks In-Advance

 

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Pad for Backpack Straps

Has anyone found a good solution for padding a backpack strap over their PM? I packed my son around in a carrier for 30-40 minutes and it wasn't uncomfortable, but I don't know how it would feel after multiple hours. I also just want to protect my device a little more. Thanks!

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Exercise & Diet with a PM

Had a good 3month follow up with my EP this morning. I'm 30y/o, HIS pacing, PM placed April of this year. A few questions for y'all:

 

1) my wife and I are considering a plant based diet. Have any of y'all found that to be optimal for cardiac care and performance? Or have any other diets you've tried or research you've done? 
 

2) I asked if I could get back to doing push-ups and he basically said that if it doesn't make my life le...

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Walking vs steps

Good morning. I can walk a quarter mile with not breathing problem (my legs get tired), but when going up a flight of stairs, I get winded.

Is there that much difference in how much energy used, or is something else going on? - Mike

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Drop in Heart Rate and Blood Pressure During Exercise

Hey all,

I wanted to tap into the collective wisdom of the board since my doctors haven't been able to diagnose the issue.

This past spring I developed an issue while exercising (speed walking - 2.8 to 3.0 mph).  After going 2.3-3.0 mi, my HR will suddenly drop (less than 30s) to my resting HR (I have a Galaxy Watch, Wahoo arm band, and Polar H10 chest strap).  I then become dizzy and feel fatigued; furthermore, I am unable to raise my HR more than 10-20 bpm and am j...

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fatigue issues

Hi all....any advice most valuable please..?

Had my 3 lead pacemaker tweeked recently to suit my increase in rate response required at higher alpine elevations.This has made a hugh difference to my training plan and I was able to dig deeper when required.

I have been working out real well and snowshoeing through deep snow regularly for long periods.

I have just led a 5 day alpine skiils course that has left me feeling very depleted energy wise and suffering fatigue. ...

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pacemaker

resently i had a pacemaker surgery. i want to know how long it will take to get back to my usual activity routine. Olus i would also want to ask can i do weigted training or strength training after or later have a pacemaker in me?

please reply to it, as soon as possible...

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Body Building, Power Lifting, and Expectations

I suffered a cardiac arrest a little over a month ago and had an ICD implanted as a result. I am a pretty serious hobbyist bodybuilder/ powerlifter and was wondering what I could expect when I am finally healed up and back at it. I am hoping for reassurance that I can train like normal and still push myself, but I fear that may not be the reality. Any information will be greatly appreciated!

My stats before the surgery:

Bench - 255lbs

Squat - 325lbs

Deadlift...

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So, my advice is to go about your daily routine and forget that you have a pacemaker implanted in your body.