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carriefeiner posted:
My 89 year old Dad had a pacemaker put in a few weeks ago. He used to LOVE going to the gym and exercising but was told that he cant do upper arm exercises. His arms look really weak now and upper body too.....are there any exercises he will be able to do with a pacemaker to keep his arms and upper body in shape. He does not lift heavy weights just small weights and would probably love to do anything to keep in shape. He would be happy if he knew he could eventually get back to the gym!
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CardiostarUSA1 responded:
Hi:

"Had a pacemaker put in a few weeks ago/But was told that he can't do upper arm exercises"

"Would be happy if he knew he could eventually get back to the gym!"

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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Pacemaker placement

What To Expect After

You can usually return to normal activities after a few weeks. For several weeks after having a pacemaker implanted, you may be asked not to lift more than 5 lbs or raise the affected arm over your shoulder.

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Additionally generalized info from pacemaker patient pamphlet

At home instructions

As part of the healing process, tissue grows around the leads that were placed in your heart. To help promote healing and to prevent movement or accidental dislodgment of the leads:

Avoid heavy activity for seven days, including pushing or pulling heavy objects or lifting more than 10 pounds.

Avoid raising the arm above your shoulder on the side where your pacemaker was installed.

Do not do any continuous or repetitive arm movements such as sweeping, lifting or arm exercises.

Patient resources

Implantable com

Website provides a focus for information related to the field of implantable pacing and defibrillation.

http://www.implantable.com

Pacemaker Club

Our purpose is to help cardiac pacemaker and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) recipients meet, share information and support each other.

http://www.pacemakerclub.com

LifeBeat Online

An e-newsletter created to help people with cardiac devices and heart or blood vessel conditions live full, active lives.

http://www.lifebeatonline.com

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Most important, communicate well with his doctors at ALL times.

Best of luck to your 89-years-young dad down the road of life.

Take care,

CardioStar*

WebMD community member (since 8/99)


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