Ask the doctor: Can exercise damage my pacemaker's wires?

Published: October, 2011

Q. I had a pacemaker implanted a few months ago. I am planning to join a gym to get back some strength in my arms and upper body, but I am afraid of damaging the wires with some of the presses and pull-down movements I would have to do to work out on the gym's machines. Are there any exercises or movements I should avoid?

A. It's great that you want to exercise and improve your upper-body strength. You just need to be a bit more careful going about it than someone without a pacemaker.

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