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Posted by belljn on 2014-10-21 20:20. 3 comments. 175 reads
 
I just spent a month touring China. I've had my pacemaker for 4 years and am 71.
Security in China is very high. Most of the sites we visited required walking through metal detectors. Lots of fun trying to get across that I could not walk through the detector. Next time I will have a note written in Chinese saying that I cannot go through the metal detector.
I've traveled through North America and Europe and every time I was patted down it was done by a man. I always ask to have a cute lady do it but no luck. In China they don't care. Several young ladies did the search which gave me bragging rights to my wife.
It was a great trip but the next time I will bring a note, laminated, written in the language of the country exp...


Posted by ariashabb on 2014-10-17 10:07. 3 comments. 191 reads
 
Is there anywhere that i can find a list of jobs or work fields that are not recommended for people with pacemakers?

Posted by jue on 2014-10-17 03:36. 3 comments. 146 reads
 
Hi All,
I had a replacement pm yesterday, on post op checks it was found that one of my leads is fractured. I have been sent home with a 48 hour monitor, so will know more next week.
Worst case scenario, I am going back in next week to get the procedure done again and a lead change. I should be going to Vegas in five weeks, does anybody know how how long you have to wait to fly if you have had a lead change?


Posted by kayak.eric on 2014-10-02 18:31. 2 comments. 180 reads
 
I graduated college this spring and due to thrilling lack of positive responses from job applications, mainly due to a lack of experience, I am looking into the Peace Corps. Does anybody have any experience in the Peace Corps with a device?

I recently had my first ICD replaced due to low battery and in over 7 years have had zero problems. Obviously I need to talk to my Dr before actually making a decision, but I was just curious if anybody could offer some insight or personal experience.

Thanks!
Eric

Posted by ReadingFC on 2014-09-23 19:43. 4 comments. 348 reads
 
I had my PM fitter on new years day this year after fainting a couple of times and the doctor finding I had irregular heart rate.

I have PM which will pace /match upto 120 bpm. Any higher it does not continue to keep up. I have forgotten the tecky term for this.

I am going on a plane for the first time since, and am I so scared of flyer, but I have to go. I used to drink loads and go to sleep, but now with the warfarine I cant do that.

I would think I can get to 120 bpm just by thinking about getting on a plane. I will be able to cope with it, I think after being rushed into the hospital for a PM, I could probably cope with anything now.

What can i expect to happen if I go over 120 if I get in a ...


Posted by trish on 2014-09-21 09:42. 3 comments. 240 reads
 
walked right through scanners at JFK, Athens Greece, cruise ship, Istanbul and Rome Absolutely no problem. Returned last night through Atlanta, 1hr and 40 minutes in passport control , lost luggage and at security even with ID card in hand was searched like I was criminal . Still have no luggage, Used to like Atlanta airport but will avoid at all costs, People rude, have to scan passport and answer questions , have photo taken at kiosk( half of which are non functioning) then proceed to officer. TSA seems to be staffed by low functioning people. My advice is to avoid Atlanta and use JFK if possible. I live in Savannah Otherwise , trip was wonderful. Trish

Posted by trish on 2014-09-09 09:59. 4 comments. 216 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. 331 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. 4 comments. 210 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. 206 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. 248 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. 308 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. 263 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. 420 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. 383 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. 498 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. 325 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. 474 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. 498 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. 363 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.



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