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Posted by scooter11 on 2015-02-09 21:29. 5 comments. 1169 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. 916 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. 916 reads
 
how long after surgery before you return to work

Posted by Charlotteis on 2015-02-06 21:09. 7 comments. 1026 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. 813 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. 3 comments. 950 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. 1348 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. 1051 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. 1000 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. 1008 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. 815 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. 872 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. 813 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. 1062 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. 1236 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. 1147 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. 895 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. 741 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. 900 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. 4 comments. 908 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



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