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Posted by curtisd on 2015-03-31 07:10. 2 comments. 66 reads
 
I just received a ICD implant and hoping to go back to work sometime in May. I am a haul truck driver in a mine just wondering if I can still go back to the same job.

Posted by PJinSC on 2015-03-14 14:45. 4 comments. 226 reads
 
The subject of blood stop products for cuts came up in an earlier thread about blood thinners, and I thought it might have gotten lost in the long string of comments, so I am starting a new post on it. There are several I found, but the below site had one of the better lists and explanations of products. CVS and Walgreens carry WoundSeal on their sites, so it appears to be readily available. Woundseal even states it is recommended for people on blood thinners.

http://www.first-aid-product.com/industrial/blood-stopper.htm

Blood Stoppers - QuickClot, KytoStat, and WoundSeal (formerly QR Powder)

Quik Clot® - Quikclot is a chemically inert material in a mesh bag that speeds coagulation of blood, resulting in...


Posted by PJinSC on 2015-03-08 14:43. 5 comments. 306 reads
 
After seeing several new posts from new members concerning Electro-Mechanical Interference (EMI), I thought I would do an update of my experiences. Your mileage may vary depending on your device.

I have had my Boston Scientific CRT-P (three-leads) for two years. I used my gas chainsaw again recently and again did not feel a thing. My electric chainsaw, 12" miter saw, 3/8 & 1/2 inch drill, metal detectors (hobby and security), metal detecting pinpointer (I do not deliberately hold it near my PM), 3D scanners, microwaves, Prius hybrid, lawnmowers (riding and push), working in a nuclear power plant near the big generators and electrical rooms, computer screens, welders (I do not weld, but have been nearby), leaning into running car...


Posted by scard2774 on 2015-02-19 12:14. 9 comments. 324 reads
 
I had a st jude pacemaker implanted on 1/29/15 and now it's time for me to go back to work. I'm a little nervous because I'm an EMT and in order to be cleared to full duty by my company I have to pass a physical agility test... Which I'm doing tomorrow. But for the past 3 weeks I haven't done anything physical as far as lifting and all that. I'm just nervous because my incision site hasn't fully healed and I'm also nervous about how it's going to feel while lifting, doing chest compressions, etc. Does anyone else have a physically demanding job that they went back to in the 3-4 week time frame?

Thanks!
Sara

Posted by scooter11 on 2015-02-09 21:29. 5 comments. 435 reads
 
can anyone shed some light on disability how hard is it to get disability when you have a three led pacemaker defibrillator I have had mine for 3 months now ,I can't seem to work like I used to i get tired quickly and plus I've been under the doctor's care for over 1 year and a half,do anyone out there know anything about this please help ,thanks

Posted by thewos on 2015-02-09 18:15. 8 comments. 233 reads
 
Can anyone help me to give my bosses a list of work related items that I should be aware of. I am an oilfield maintenance electrician and up until I received my pacemaker I had an apprentice to work with me. Now because of the risk of getting to close to a magnetic field (like the inside of an energized panel), the boss wants me to work with a journeyman instead. Any ideas on how to change his mind and get things back the way they were.

Posted by bluesman on 2015-02-08 15:17. 6 comments. 208 reads
 
how long after surgery before you return to work

Posted by Charlotteis on 2015-02-06 21:09. 5 comments. 233 reads
 
Hi there, I've read through some of the insurance posts and I've googled insurance, travel, and pacemaker, but still am not completely clear. So I'm hoping that maybe somebody has some further info for me so I know the right questions to ask before I call the insurance agencies to make sure I get the info from the horse's mouth - so to speak.

I am Canadian, I know that other countries will be able to take care of me if I need care while on a trip. My concern is not wanting to mortgage my house if I were to need a trip to the ER. Somebody told me that I would not be covered unless it was at least 3 months from the last "episode" - not sure what an episode means. Another person told me that they were told that it was at least a...


Posted by sinha3936 on 2015-01-28 17:12. 3 comments. 236 reads
 
Warm regards to all respective members.

I got implanted PM on 1/12015 and was discharged after 48 hours of observation. the wound is healed, have no pain, no oozing or no pain in movement. I guess my pulse rate 72 as I feel myself.
Can I be able to lift my left arm towards head and would be free to discharge any work including gardening and bike driving? I love bike driving ...its a small 100cc bike.
Should I be able to enjoy normal life?
Warm regards to all respective members.
Birendra Sinha
Motihari
India

Posted by davidcm on 2015-01-12 02:51. 2 comments. 352 reads
 
I had a pacemaker put in early Dec. of 2014. Doctor released me back to work on Dec.29th. My release was with no restrictions as to employment. My Superintendent at Union Pacific and the Health & Wellness Dept., seem to disagree that I can go back to my job as a conductor. Superintendent (who has no medical training) says I can't return to conductor job. The Health & Wellness people say that Union Pacific has allowed employees back on trains in regions other than mine. My question is this, are there any Class I railroad conductors or engineers out there with PM, either working at their pre-PM job or were not allowed to return to those two occupations? Union Pacific employees or ex-employees would be exceptionally helpful.

Posted by David_Valenzuela on 2014-11-16 21:27. 5 comments. 678 reads
 
I have a question I want to join the Navy to become a Navy diver but I don't think with my pacemaker they will let me join, and if not what jobs can I get?


Posted by Jacatak on 2014-11-15 08:49. 5 comments. 593 reads
 
Hello All

Its been two months since I've been "wired". My concern was how would I react when I return to work and other activities. Let me just say you guys were correct. I have had no issues with my pacemaker at work. My concern was would the stress and electronic devices interfere with my pacemaker. Thankfully I have had no issues or setbacks at work or elsewhere. I have not been thru airport security yet but now I am not afraid at all. I don't remember if it was someone on the blog or a medical person who said sometimes I would forget I have the pacemaker. I thought yea right. But now after the initial pain/discomfort from the procedure sometimes as I go throughout my day I do forget it. I am so comfortable with it now I am a...


Posted by explorer78 on 2014-10-30 17:54. 4 comments. 581 reads
 
A week ago I had a PM and I am a airport police officer. I am concerned with all the equipment we carry. Does the radio mike on our collar lapel interfere with the PM? How about all the radios in the cruiser? I work in a small airport and the repeater equipment is in our back office will that affect the PM? I'm not worried about the scanners that TSA use, only our personal equipment. Can any one help please.

Posted by belljn on 2014-10-21 20:20. 5 comments. 607 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. 506 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. 439 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. 436 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. 652 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 August30 on 2014-09-05 17:48. 10 comments. 632 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. 695 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???




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