Exercising with a defib/pacemaker

By Maja1959 Latest Reply 2012-08-20 07:02:31 -0500
Started 2012-01-14 09:28:33 -0600

Hmmm…I got the ok to start walking my treadmill. But I read something you had to find out the rate your device is set at so you don't get shocked. The doc did not tell his receptionist and when I asked her to ask him again she got irate and said he was in surgery. I heard that the defib could shock you if you just jumped on the treadmill and started just exercising? It is two weeks into this wondering why it is still burning and stinging at times? Before I was told it was due to manipulation an glue stitches. I thought that would be gone by now. We just got our first snow yesterday and it is cold out. Does that affect anything. I have had my driving privledges back now for a week. Yipee! Going to make veggie soup after while need potatoes thinking about going to the store just to get out of the house! I learned that my disability got approved two days ago. Now I have to wait the five mos till May to actually get it.

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cpa3485 2012-02-12 17:03:44 -0600 Report

It is a good idea to understand the settings of your ICD. For example, mine is set to try and pace my heart if the rate gets above 170. If the pacing doesn't work the big jolt will occur. But it would be a bit difficult for me to get my heart rate that high by exercising as I don't follow a very intense exercise regimen. In my opinion, you probably won't have any problems unless your exercising is pretty intense, but it is wise to monitor your heart rate and know the settings on your ICD.
Another suggestion is to ask to speak to the doctor's nurse rather than a receptionist about questions like that.
Good Luck!

HeartHawk 2012-02-12 23:34:16 -0600 Report


Good advice. Thanks for the input. First hand experience is the best. Yeah, even when I play basketball I doubt my heart rate gets to 170!

Hope to see more of your input on the discussion board!


Maja1959 2012-02-13 04:10:39 -0600 Report

Sorry I have been in the hosp getting leads repaired on defib that came loose. Remember you commented on them saying I have twiddler' syndrome? That was last weekend and now this past weekend I was in the hosp on Fri to Sat with a Blood Clot. My dad is still in ICU in Pgh VA he came off his ventilator but they can't get his low bp stablized. Each day is a wait and see game.

Maja1959 2012-02-14 03:35:37 -0600 Report

I go to my profile and all that is there is what I wrote. What ia profile post? And how do I find it?

Maja1959 2012-02-12 17:38:41 -0600 Report

Thanks! Since my post I have spoken to my physical therapist who was handling my carpal tunnel. She told me to take I think it was 220-my age and not to get above that # I am 52. Since I have carpal tunnel numb hands and can't feel my pulse I also found a pulsox to take my pulse on my finger for around 21 dollars. Since this post my leads have come loose and I had them reattached last Fri since that I have also had blood clots which I just came out of the hosp yesterday I just found your post tonight so I am sorry if I did not get back to you right away. My dad is also in icu and is touch and go. One min he gets better the next min he lapses. He had been doing a lot better now his bp is low. Thanks for the post I appreciate you explaining things. Good Luck to you!

HeartHawk 2012-01-14 23:58:16 -0600 Report


Oops, I though mchuck's response was on his personal profile. All the same stuff applies. Some docs are just schmucks. The best medicine is to stick with it and remember those docs work for you - you are the boss. Don't take any guff and don't feel guilty about being tough. Now go enjoy that drive and the vegetable soup - yum!


Maja1959 2012-01-15 18:48:20 -0600 Report

How do you know? Who the schmucks are? I had this done and I trusted that they would tell me everything I need to know. Now I read on the internet and I am the one who has to ask the questions. Sorry it really makes me want to shake someone and I only have 20% of my heart beating and that isn't beating correctly. I am tired and I don't have the time to fool around! I am not hollaring at you but reallly upsets me and the fact that mchuck got shocked 14 times at the gym? This should not be happening! Docs should be monitoring more closely and instructing. Instead of trying to make stupid quotas…don't you think?

Maja1959 2012-01-16 17:57:17 -0600 Report

I talked to my physical therapist today she told me to take 220 - my age which is 52 which gave me my heart rate 168. She said not to go over this and I should be good. At his point I only walk on my treadmill for thirty min. I am not a runner. I like to walk for a half hour a hour after each meal. I am going to start tomorrow I got ok from defib doc on Fri. I really like her. She teaches me a lot. The funny thing is she isn't just stuck on what she is treating me for but actually talks to me about everything from my diabete, heart, dropped bladder, deviated septum, and carpal tunnel. She is great! I told her she needs to back to school to be my doc! She is so wonderful! And patient too!

mchuck 2012-01-14 21:57:08 -0600 Report

I got shocked 14 times in the gym. Wasn't fun. That's the problem with the defibulator it's not smart enough to recognize a bad rhythm from a good one.

HeartHawk 2012-01-14 23:53:46 -0600 Report


Gotta have the electrophysiologists or cardiologist tweak that sucker. Those shocks are worse than getting goosed! Plus,you don't want to quit the exericse if you don't have to. Let us knwo how it turns out on the general discussion board. I would suggest starting a discussion thread on defrillator shocks to see what others are experiencing.