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Cycling and Pacemaker issues


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  • Cycling and Pacemaker issues

    I've had a pacemaker for 26 years and been a cyclist for almost 40 years. I have a Medtronic Adapta which has a sensor that detects muscle activity. I live in a hilly area and my pacemaker doesn't detect muscle activity when I'm going slow up a hill and my rate will fall to less than 100 bpm. I found a tip online that said to tap the shell of the pacemaker to make it speed up. That seems to work.

    I hope this helps anyone who enjoys cycling and has been frustrated by slow pacemaker response.

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    Re: Cycling and Pacemaker issues

    Thanks for the tip. I'm sure others will be happy to have a work-around for the times their pacers don't activate for those slower times.

    Husband has HCM.
    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.


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      Re: Cycling and Pacemaker issues

      Kinda scary when a tap can change your HR! I expect that of my TV remote when the battery is low, but not my device!
      I'd call the doctor & see if 1) its connected and working properly and 2) perhaps a setting change can help 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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