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Posted by stephaniefitzgerald1991 on 2014-07-12 04:41. 5 comments. 516 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. 548 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. 383 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. 480 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. 541 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. 600 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. 507 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. 504 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. 6 comments. 541 reads
 
I am new to this side of PMs. Is there anyone with a PM who is a working RN?

Posted by kcy48 on 2014-05-10 20:55. 3 comments. 463 reads
 
If I go to the mountains (about 6,500 ft.), will that be a problem for my pacemaker?

Posted by cadaverock on 2014-05-05 18:38. 5 comments. 515 reads
 
can someone here please tell me why when i travel while plane is taking up altitude and when i starts to loose altitude why do i feel very weird cannot explain it feel like a change in my body little nausea and i feel like i need to laid down and reclined the seat ,,and also this happens when a car is driving to like a volcano mountain while getting up there once am there i feel fine.

Posted by sueshe1958 on 2014-04-19 06:26. 3 comments. 571 reads
 
I am moving to Spain permanently in a few weeks time. Having just had my Pacemaker fitted 10 weeks ago, I am aware the scar tissue is still fresh, but has anybody any suggestions about the sun and pacemakers, as naturally I can not sit inside all day.

Posted by david0817 on 2014-04-11 17:44. 1 comments. 409 reads
 
I am a union carpenter and one of our applications requires using a pin welder how do you know if its ok to be around or even use

Posted by DANRAINES on 2014-04-10 16:22. 2 comments. 378 reads
 
I don't want to use this site as a place to vent and annoy others with my whinning. I just wish VA could hurry up with whatever it takes to process my claim and let me move on with my life. I am so tired of being told to be patient. I have provided everything they need... I am stuck in the "gathering of evidence" portion according to ebenifits. My apologies, I just think my pacemaker being used more because of the stress of the system... Don't want my battery running down to fast. HAHA!

Posted by danny on 2014-04-09 14:22. 5 comments. 547 reads
 
I had a pacemaker implanted two weeks ago and am getting ready to return to work. I'm a maintenance tech for an apartment complex and I need to know if I can still repair air conditioners. Does anyone know if this will effect my pacemaker.

Posted by Troutfoot on 2014-04-08 13:34. 4 comments. 412 reads
 
Hello all,
I am a healthy and very active (fly fishing guide) 52 yr old male who was blindsided with a pacer.
On 4.2 I had a pacer implanted as a result of a complete bundle branch block due to an ablation while treating a partial bilateral bundle branch block with out any underlying heart conditions or disease.
The complete block left me with two choices, a life time of meds or a pacer, so I took door number 2 the pacer, no looking back now!
As a full time fishing guide I row 8,000-10,000 strokes a day on the oars 200 days a year.
The season has started with out me and the fish are really happy but my clients are not.
My question is when I am off of restrictions on 5.2 I will be jumping in full time o...


Posted by kcy48 on 2014-04-05 15:19. 4 comments. 419 reads
 
We are planning a trip. What elevation might be dangerous for someone with a pacemaker?

Posted by divergent1 on 2014-03-31 22:43. 1 comments. 295 reads
 
Before my pacemaker placement I'd put my house on the market to move out of the small rural area to a big city where my family lives. Besides living nearby family again I realized this small rural area didn't have the medical help with some cancer follow-up.

After the collapse and PM placement my exhaustion was so extreme I told the realtor to take it off the market. My experience here with the cardiologist further convinced me I need to get out of this area for follow-up if I ever want to hope to get better.

As exhausted as I feel I can't imagine a move, but I also think I don't have a prayer of getting real help and recovering my life if I stay here. Did anyone else make a decision to move, and move after...


Posted by DANRAINES on 2014-03-29 12:45. 5 comments. 552 reads
 
Stupid question... Due to the physical nature of being a police officer, is there an automatic disqualification for hire if pacemaker was installed prior to application process? I would imagine that unarmed self defense and wrestling around with subjects maybe to much blunt trauma to the pacemaker.

Posted by DANRAINES on 2014-03-29 11:48. 8 comments. 601 reads
 
I had PM installed, went through MEB/PEB and awaiting the percentage rating. Going crazy wanting to apply for employment as I have recieved my "Unfit MEMO". Understand that once I sign my paperwork agreeing to the percentages, I have 90 days to "vacate the army". I have 18 years in service and can't believe I have to go find a "real job". What I am asking is there anyway to get a locked in date with terminal leave, so I can tell the would be employers of a estimated start date?



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