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Posted by trish on 2014-09-09 09:59. 4 comments. 106 reads
 
Just went through body scanner at JAX. No problem . Called Medtronic yesterday and was advised quite safe to do so. Trisha

Posted by August30 on 2014-09-05 17:48. 10 comments. 237 reads
 
I had my pm inserted 6 days ago. Was planning a trip to the U.S. in early November/2014. Now my travel insurance will not cover anything "heart related" while I'm away for a week. My doctor says I should go, and the surgeon says "no problem" re. travel.
Should I risk it? Any comments or suggestions?
Thank you.

Posted by D$Heartman on 2014-09-04 19:09. 3 comments. 118 reads
 
Hi,

I am a Red Seal Millwright and CWB Certified Welder in BC, Canada. I work at a local pulp mill in BC as a millwright

I received my implant in Dec/2013 and have been on disability benefits since then.

My employer states they cannot have me on site at all, due to potentiality of risk.

I am looking for as much information as I can get on Magnetic Interferences with Pacemakers.

I am fighting to keep my job at this point and need information so my union and employer can better understand what I can and cannot do.

Please help as information is knowledge???


Posted by hjewest on 2014-08-29 18:20. 4 comments. 153 reads
 
Will get a PM fitted in 2 weeks time
Does anyone have an indication about a full recovery time with respect to my profession as a seafarer which occasionally might involve climbing a rope ladder joining or leaving a vessel.

Posted by loumendez on 2014-08-26 21:47. 3 comments. 157 reads
 
Folks:
Had mine installed a month ago and will soon be traveling internationally on a consultancy.

Any constructive advice most welcome on all aspects to be expected from security checks to what to watch out for etc...

thanks

Posted by doso1161 on 2014-08-19 13:05. 2 comments. 217 reads
 
My son has been passing out since he was 12. He is now 38 and has had his pacemaker for 9 years. That is how long it took then to figure out what was wrong with him. They told him he had Brugada, (Sudden Death Syndrome) and was lucky to have surrvied for 15 years before they found it. He has worked at a manufacting company for 18 years and the new doctor at Duke says if he wants to live he can't keep working there because the machines create so much electricity currents in the air and because of all the static electricity, it could stop his pacemaker from working and could not save him if he needed it. I might add that he has had it go off 6302 times in the last 3 months and has had his defibulator go off several times at work. They can't...


Posted by DEAN on 2014-08-16 17:25. 2 comments. 172 reads
 
Hello Everyone
Hope Y'all feel as good or better than I. I've had my PM nine months now and thank the Good Loard every day.
What do Y'all know about arc welding with a PM. I have an Airco AC stick weder which I have need to use. My Doc said I should be OK to weld but so far I've been chicken to try.
Thanks
Dean

Posted by jenniwoowoo on 2014-08-04 14:41. 7 comments. 342 reads
 
My CRT-D implanted on 01/06/2014, after failing to respond to drug therapy. I had no idea there was a problem. Apparently I have had this about 30 years. I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Cardiomyopathy, LBBB and an EF of 25% and no symptoms. My procedure, I'm told was about 3 hours. I was kept overnight for an xray in the AM to make sure the leads had not moved. I was then discharged. It was somewhat painful, but not impossible, I returned to work the next week. 5 mos later my EF was 45% via Echo and no alarms or events. I can't say I felt better, as I never felt bad. Apparently my body compenated for it over the years. I was a school bus driver and 20 years of DOT physicals did not pick this up. My only regret is I can no longe...


Posted by enterprisesmd on 2014-07-31 00:39. 8 comments. 294 reads
 
Got my PM two days ago. Been reading this ant that . All info I can find. Thru most of the info I have read it states it is ok to use electrical weedeaters and edgers and such. But highly dont recommend mowers, gas chainsaws, or other gas machinery. Has anyone else read or know if this is true. Since my job is a Grounds keeper it is real important to me. I dont meet with my Dr for another three weeks. anyone got a comment

Posted by Nana215A on 2014-07-27 11:00. 5 comments. 416 reads
 
Hi, all! I'm new at this website but definitely not new to owning a pacemaker. I've had a pacer for over 14 years now and used to hang out at the Implantable.com site. Sadly, that site has been way too quiet so I stopped going there.

I just had my annual cardio checkup and thought I should find another site where I can ask questions again. My DH and I do a lot of traveling now that we are fully retired and I was wondering what most of you are told by your cardios about use of the full body scanners that are used at the airports. To date, my cardio insists that I NOT use them and for me to get patted down by hand in order not to take the chance of the machines messing with my pacer settings when I am trying to have a pleas...


Posted by TPMan on 2014-07-21 16:10. 5 comments. 261 reads
 
Hey All
I am 4 weeks post op, PM installed (don't know if installed is quite the correct way to put it) I am flying this week for first time and will post the experience if any are interested. Will be interested to see if it adds to the hassle or not.

Tim

Posted by stephaniefitzgerald1991 on 2014-07-12 04:41. 5 comments. 407 reads
 
Good Morning,

My name is Stephanie Fitzgerald I was wondering if anyone else fears flying abroad due to the lack of consistency between airport security measures.
For example some prefer to use the magnetic wand on your lower body, knowing that if they go to close to your chest it could set off the devise. Others prefer to use the radio-wave machine, which although I have been in and is fine, airport security cannot guarantee your devise will not go off, and will not disclose any information about the machine to consultants for them to distinguish whether it is safe or not, due to security reasons.
However there are the odd security staff who will simply pat your down.



Posted by dmoo on 2014-07-09 22:03. 4 comments. 405 reads
 
Hi, I had my PM installed about 3 weeks ago. Have no problems till now. I would like to know if I can travel by bus or car for about 12 hours on real bad roads with lot of potholes etc. Will it affect the position of the PM or the leads. Thanks in advance.

Posted by roadking on 2014-07-08 15:39. 2 comments. 281 reads
 
I was less than 2 weeks since my PM was implanted. We spent the 4th on the back of my Harley in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. I was a little surprised when we returned home I was not tired at all. For the past few years when riding for more then 6 to 8 hours I was completely worn out. And it normally took me a few days to regain my energy. But we got up Saturday and drove with the kids to take Grandparents out to lunch. I am so thankful that God makes people that dedicate their to helping others. I am so blessed to have regained parts of life that I thought may have been gone for good. I hope that all had a Very Blessed holiday weekend.

Posted by Nikki-porter on 2014-06-30 23:37. 2 comments. 388 reads
 
Hi everyone! I am 29 and had my pacemaker put in 2 weeks ago. I had an ablation for svt and inappropriate sinus tachycardia. A few days after the ablation, I was back in surgery to have a pacemaker placed for bradycardia. One extreme to the other.

I was wondering if anyone on here works in the radiology field? I am wondering if I will be able to return to my previous occupation. I do x-rays and ultrasounds. I do X-rays in the emergency room and also in surgery. MRI is located in my department and our ct machine has a large generator.

Thanks in advance!

Posted by K8 on 2014-06-27 01:42. 4 comments. 431 reads
 
I have been the lead singer in a band until a year ago. I am feeling well enough now that I may consider performing again. I was told that if I get too close to the speakers, I could pass out. This would be so unattractive... and possibly dangerous!

Are there any musicians out there who have stage experience with speakers and feedback monitors and such? Are your pacemakers okay when you perform? I have a small PA system at home and am wanting to set it up, but would appreciate any advice. Thanks!

Kate

Posted by Lee24 on 2014-06-12 01:56. 5 comments. 450 reads
 
Hi I'm new to this site, I've been diagnosed with 3rd degree heart block and going for my pacemaker today. I work in an open plan office with lots of computers. Will the pacemaker be affected?
Should I change my diet and lifestyle? If so can someone advice on how I should adjust.

Posted by MissNicole13 on 2014-06-11 18:17. 3 comments. 452 reads
 
Ive had my pacemaker for over a year and will be flying for the first time since I got it. Can anyone explain to me how security is going to go with my pacemaker? Also will I notice a difference while flying?

Posted by rainbow2050 on 2014-05-31 12:02. 3 comments. 465 reads
 
Hi all. I am one week old yet in my first PM. I think I am ready to go back to work in a week's time but in limited mobility. However, my work, my life's business actually, are two: TV broadcast station, and cable TV operator. Two which are separate but I used to split my working days visiting both.
Questions:
1) I frequent more in working in the building where the broadcast station is. Am I safe? I do work in another room, but antennas are everywhere, TOC is nearby and we are operating of 3,000 KW.
2) I visit around four cable TV systems, all have what we call Head-Ends which is a closed room with racks of satellites encoders, decoders, transcoders, laser transmitters, not to mention, at least 12 satellite dishes in each...


Posted by magunna51 on 2014-05-27 13:21. 5 comments. 504 reads
 
I am new to this side of PMs. Is there anyone with a PM who is a working RN?



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