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  • Question about exercise post ICD

    I received my ICD on 4/28/2015 and have some questions about exercise and getting back to my daily routine. I know I cannot move my left arm above my shoulder but can I swing it back and forth when I walk? As keeping it still is proving to be very unnatural for me and actually puts me a little off balance. I was told by the discharge nurse that I should do gentle shoulder rolls to keep my shoulder from stiffening up but my shoulder is still a little stiff. I have started taking short walks again to get moving and back to my routine as well as peace of mind. Any help is greatly appreciated.
    Last edited by jswanson; 05-03-2015, 05:47 PM. Reason: Grammar

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    Re: Question about exercise post ICD

    I recommend you contact the nurse in the MD office who placed the device. He/she can give you specifics on what and when things can be done.
    Onward and Upward !

    Diagnosed 4/07 HCM with fixed & dynamic obstruction
    Myectomy with resected cordonae tendonae 4/08 CCF
    ICD 10/08


    • #3
      Re: Question about exercise post ICD

      The objective of restricted movements is to allow the lead to "seat" within the artery. Scar tissue connects the two and if the wire is jostled this slows the process down. I personally don't think a standard arm swing is bad, but an exaggerated one would be a no no. Do call the office and get their opinion and follow their orders. I don't recall how long I had to be careful - thinking it was about 2 weeks. What did they tell you?
      Diagnosed @ 48
      Saw Dr. Michael Debakey @ age 5 - "He's fine, just a little noisy"
      Father to 3 boys 22, 25, 29 (all currently clear - pending genetics)
      AICD - Valentines Day '08, Spark Plug replaced 11/14
      After much research, I had a Myectomy @ Mayo for my 50th Birthday '08
      Quietly going insane . . .


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        Re: Question about exercise post ICD


        I had my follow-up appt. today with my cardiologist and they told the same thing that you stated it is fine for me to swing my arms just not exaggerated or above shoulder height. They told me to be careful for 8-12 weeks and no lifting over 5 pounds for about 2 weeks and I could then gradually increase the weight. They gave me the OK to go back to driving my car today.


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          Re: Question about exercise post ICD

          I found this recent article interesting: http://www.webmd.com/heart/news/2015...defibrillators


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