Most Recent Messages in Exercise & Sports

Hiking with a pace maker

I have to get a pace maker installed this year.    We have planned on hiking the Camino in France and Spain this fall.  the hike is approx 900K.

How long after having a pace maker installed can you hike that distance.  I would also need time for some training.

Thanks

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"Twitching/clicking" in chest with exertion

Hello!  I'm a 67-yr. old female, with a Boston Scientific Accolade L301 PM (got it in June 2018), implanted on my right side (first PM was a St. Jude Zephyr DR #5820, implanted in Aug 2011, diagnosis: bradycardia/sick sinus syndrome).  I've been feeling what I'll call "twitching or clicking" in my chest, left side, primarily during execise/exertion.  Example: felt it during most of my morning 2.5-mile walk today, on hilly terrain.  Doesn't hurt, b...

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Cycling

Hi everybody. Any clue’s or advice on how to get the rate up and make my “climbing” more efficient ?
I’m 69 very fit and active but frustrated when I can’t stay with my pals when we reach the hills. 
Can we get better or is that how it is ?
Best regards David Moore. 
Cheddar Dave.

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too much water and the ACCOLADE

First, sports are out for me.  I'm walking for about an hour and eating lot's of citrus  This is all I can do.

 

I take 2mg of BUMEX now.  Doctors prescribe meds as if we're machines...

I'm learning (today, for the first time,) that small changes can actually work.  The thing is, I'm 72.

Also, anyone familiar with the ACCOLADE?  Lot's of questions.

 

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Strength Training, Yoga, and Lead Safety

I'm past 6 weeks after surgery, though still new to all this. Just turned 40, otherwise mostly healthy, and I don't want to get too out of shape. Wondering if anyone knows of a comprehensive reference for what's reasonably safe activity to do?

My doc said cardio is great but warned me that I have a complex system, 3 leads, and I should not do too much with the left arm. Said he had a patient who wore out a lead by doing a lot of upper body workouts. Some forum members here f...

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Changing the settings

I have a crt-d and the doctor will not change the range of pacing. I walk 5 miles, for exercise, 5 times a week. On mile 3, I have a what I call a “spell”. The device starts to stimulate and causes me to feel dizzy and weak. It feels like the device is slowing the heart down and I lose my walking rhythm. 

Lower rate: 50

Upper Tracking rate: 130

Upper Activity rate: 120

I have learned that to find the upper activity rate that is right for me is 175...

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Ever swim again?

I had 2 pacemaker surgeries  within 3 weeks due to a lead becoming unattached.  I was told by the doctor’s staff to stay out of the pool for 8 weeks.  They then said I could get into the pool but no swimming because the arm can’t be raised over my shoulder level.  Will I ever be able to swim again?  Slow paced laps not racing. 

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Questions about exercise sorry if the post is very long

So I had my medtronic surescan implant for braycadia mid april 2018 for CHB a week after my mitral valve repair surgery. I am a male at the age of 27 about 128lb was around 138 before my surgery for a while before I started back up at work in september I was diong the treadmill walking about a speed of 2.8-3.2 for about 2mi almost everyday which was great I had built up to that was also taking 25mg of metorperol twice a day untill the end of september as my cardiologi...

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GREAT NEWS!!!

Sports Medicine Doc flipped me this way, that way, twisted me here and there, turned me upside down, pulled here, there, smiled as I was frowning and almost weeping and said: "You're gonna forget all about your pacemaker --- It's time to learn all about the hamstring, and how to treat it!" --ARRRGGGGGH!

-Dave- 

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Safe to Ski

I have a ski trip planned for six post pm. Dr. said I should be fine after four weeks but still makes me nervous. I'm not some crazy hot dog skier by any means but stuff happens. Anybody gone skiing that soon after getting pm?

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Arm band heart rate monitors

What arm band monitor would you reccomend for excersie at the gym either diong cardio or weights or just long walks in general? I need to make sure I don't go above 145 that is what my upper limit is set to.

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Cardiac rehabilitation & exercise stress testing to optimize rate adaptation

I had a state of the art Biotronik Eluna 8 DR-T (dual chamber) implanted last year after my 2nd degree AV block type II (Mobitz) got progressively worse over a period of years of living with it. It usually manifested as exercise induced spontaneous bradycardia with accompanying arrhythmia that would be triggered when I reached a specific HR threshold.

I had the PM programming set initially the day after surgery, and re-programmed twice since then all in an effort to optimize the pacing,...

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under the skin

My implant is under the skin, so I hope it won't be a problem working out.  I practice yoga, fast walk and had just gotten back into weight training this past summer.  I had forgotten how much I loved weights, so I really hope I can get back into that.  I do worry a bit that the location of the device, center of left chest under the collar bone, will not interfere with anything.  I use TRX/QueenX as well as dumbbells and machines for pull downs for back and chest work....

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exercise heartrate

so I'm a Mason, I got my shiny new ICD installed almost 4 weeks ago. Every day when I start walking on the treadmill my heartrate shoots up above 150. I think I'm being paced but none of the people at the facility seem concerned should I be concerned a little or change something. they do monitor me the whole time but it feels like they should say something or is it normal and just my life now.

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Hello, New to PM

I got my medtronic dual chamber PM on 12/7/18 due to sick sinus syndrome.  I just turned a young 66, and have been a type 1 diabetic for the past 54 years.  Fortunately I am now retired.  I used to exercise regularly by walking 6 miles 4-5 days/wk.  The symptoms came on slowly, and were compounded in getting a diagnosis because of another issue that affected my diaphragm.  But once I got referred to an EP doc the diagnosis was simple. I really need to get back to exer...

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hi anyone recommend protection to go over the pacemaker to protect it from straps

 hi anyone recommend protection to go over the pacemaker to protect it from straps from leaf blowers and back pack strimmers and items like this . i been told by technicians that i can use these but i have to be careful of putting these straps over the pacemaker site ..i seen some protections online like PACEGUARD but i am not sure if these are value for money or genuine   or  not why don't the uk make such protections for these devises th...

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new PM

2 weeks with the PM.  Not too bad, a little pulling and occasional weird twinges, but nothing scary.  No warning of a heart issue until I nearly passed out on Thanksgiving and went to ER, learned that my heartrate was dropping to 30 and needed a PM.  4 hours later, it was done.

I am quite a ways away from working out but I came across this site and liked what I was seeing.  I need to find a bra - I am thin with a very bony chest, so the PM really sticks out!&nbs...

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PM Sensor systems

I'm looking for feedback/opinions/experience with CLS sensors as found in Biotronik pacemakers.  I'm about to trade in my Medtronic (accerometer only) for a Biotronik with dual sensors-an accelerometer and CLS.  After doing a fair amount of internet research I was convinced the minute ventilation sensor found in Boston Scientific devices would be the best fit for my active lifestyle.  I've been frustrated with the Medtronic device since I received the...

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Apple Watch alarm settings

I’d like to buy an Apple Watch, but can’t seem to find an answer to a very important question for me... can you set an alarm on the Watch so that it will warn you before you hit your ceiling while you are exercising? I see that it will warn you if your heart rate spikes during inactivity, but I need to know this while I’m running. I’ve hit my ceiling before, and I don’t want to do that again. 

Thanks!

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Snow skiing frustration

My family and I used to snow ski a lot, so much so that he owned a condo at a world class ski resort.  The kids grew up, got married and I got an ICD.  Doctor says I can’t snow ski anymore... it’s in the DO NOT DO list.

So we sold the condo and had to find new sports to do together as husband and wife.

My frustration is that I (we) had to give up something we love to do.  My ICD has never gone off and it was placed, I was told after the fact, as precauti...

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It is just over 10 years since a dual lead device was implanted for complete heart block. It has worked perfectly and I have traveled well near two million miles internationally since then.