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dblomom Husband diagnosed w/ HCM May, 2001 at age 26 ICD implanted July, 2011 "Double" Myectomy, January, 2013, performed by Dr Schaff @ Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 2 kids, 12 & 9 currently cleared of HCM Find out more about dblomom
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  • Polar Heart Rate Monitor for exercise...can you use it if you have an icd?

    My husband has had HCM for 10+ years and tries to stay active with exercise. He has mentioned that he would really like a heart rate monitor and I've been secretly shopping for one. In doing so, I've discovered that the majority of the "good" ones have a chest strap that you wear (I was ignorant to this). Do you know if it is ok for him to use this type of equipment if he has an Pacemaker/Defibrilator? I can't find anywhere on the manufacturers website or the pdf manuals that are posted that say this is or isn't ok.
    Thanks in advance.
    Husband diagnosed w/ HCM May, 2001 at age 26,
    he is now obstructed. ICD implanted July, 2011,
    myectomy scheduled for Jan, 2013 w/ Dr. Schaff
    Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
    2 kids, 11 & 8 currently cleared of HCM (genetic testing
    to be done at Mayo visit)

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    Re: Polar Heart Rate Monitor for exercise...can you use it if you have an icd?

    Have you spoken to his doctors about this? They will give you the best advice as to whether or not it is appropriate.

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      Re: Polar Heart Rate Monitor for exercise...can you use it if you have an icd?

      Not yet. I was hoping someone here would have had experience w/ it, only b/c I was wanting to get it as a present. But, I'll give the dr. office a call today, better safe than sorry.

      Thanks.
      Husband diagnosed w/ HCM May, 2001 at age 26,
      he is now obstructed. ICD implanted July, 2011,
      myectomy scheduled for Jan, 2013 w/ Dr. Schaff
      Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
      2 kids, 11 & 8 currently cleared of HCM (genetic testing
      to be done at Mayo visit)

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        Re: Polar Heart Rate Monitor for exercise...can you use it if you have an icd?

        Sometimes the best present is knowledge -- just ask them not to mention it to your husband.

        I am sure there are people on here that use such a monitor but that does not automatically make it right for anyone else.
        Last edited by Frosty; 09-20-2012, 09:49 AM.

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          Re: Polar Heart Rate Monitor for exercise...can you use it if you have an icd?

          http://www.bostonscientific-internat...r_20110427.pdf may be helpful. They're saying (a) that it shouldn't affect the functioning of the ICD, at least for their (Boston Scientific) devices, (b) but the ICD can sometimes cause the monitor to report the wrong rate, and (c) Polar recommends checking with your doctor, which can't hurt.

          Gordon
          Myectomy on Feb. 5, 2007.

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            Re: Polar Heart Rate Monitor for exercise...can you use it if you have an icd?

            Thank you, everyone. We'll see what the Dr. says.
            Husband diagnosed w/ HCM May, 2001 at age 26,
            he is now obstructed. ICD implanted July, 2011,
            myectomy scheduled for Jan, 2013 w/ Dr. Schaff
            Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
            2 kids, 11 & 8 currently cleared of HCM (genetic testing
            to be done at Mayo visit)

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              Re: Polar Heart Rate Monitor for exercise...can you use it if you have an icd?

              I use the Polar chest strap monitor on my treadmill a few times a week since receiving my icd 3 years ago. No problems and I wouldn't feel comfortable jogging without my Polar monitor. I think it might give slightly higher heart rate readings, up to 10 extra beats, compared to what is found during my physical stress test so it's good as a guide to get an idea what your heart rate is at.
              Tip: Spary water on the underside of the Polar chest strap, the side that touches your chest, prior to use, if you find that it isn't always giving constant readings.
              Diagnosed during pregnancy age 30, July 2007
              2 mutated genes found in Feb 2009
              ICD Nov 12, 2009
              2 daughters born in '07 & '09. Normal EKGs.
              No known family history of HCM
              In 1995, at age 18, an echo for a misdiagnosed mvp showed HCM but it went unnoticed.
              Still jog and feel no symptoms on most days.

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