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Posted by langleyger on 2013-06-16 23:51. 3 comments. 384 reads
 
I work as a welding consultant. I went back to office work
the day after my pacemaker implant. I started driving after 1 week.
I don't have to get to close to the actual weldin,I have inspectors for that.
I am 71 years old,but not ready to retire.

Posted by heather1723 on 2013-05-25 01:36. 2 comments. 417 reads
 
Well I survived with no issues with my PM. We traveled to Denver, Gypsum, Beaver Creek, Avon, Vail, Leadville, Minturn, Camp Hale, Wolcott and Glenwood Springs, Co.

We even made the trek to the top of Independence Pass with an elevation of 12,095 feet above sea level.

I didn't have any issues at all, the PM worked like a charm and I made sure to drink plenty of water while out in CO.

I just wanted to thank all my fellow PM Club members who gave me plenty of great advice to handle the altitude.

Posted by SG9ordie on 2013-05-24 17:53. 1 comments. 324 reads
 
Has any one done any traveling buy car and used
their Merlin while on the road?

I realize the unit needs power and active phone line.

What problems did you have?

Posted by abhilash12 on 2013-05-16 03:16. 6 comments. 755 reads
 
Dear friends,
I am an Electrical engineer from India. Before I worked in Saudi Arabia for 3 years with pacemaker.Now I got another job from Oman and I came from Saudi Arabia and did medical check up for that.But the Middle east approved Medical consultancy and its Doctor in India said that I am unfit to go and work abroad since because I have a pace maker.I tried to convince him so many times but he is adamant on his arguments .He gave me an unfit certificate and deprived my job opportunity.Now only after 1 month I can take the medical re assessment .Please advise me what should I do? can I go after that doctor with a complaint on the medical council?

Regards
Paul

Posted by cormac on 2013-05-06 17:43. 1 comments. 321 reads
 
Ok guys that seems to be where im at with welding. I restore old vws as a hobbie and my brother does nearly all the welding i only ever weld on mu own at home and if it feels strange i stop so that seems to fit in with what people have said so im happy with that.

Posted by tibo1980 on 2013-05-02 19:21. 2 comments. 413 reads
 
hi i work in a recycling pland and we have a magnetic drum that separates all the steel and i know that when i get close to it my pacemaker messes up but what are the long term affects for the pacemaker itself messing up or stopping all together..

thanks

Posted by heather1723 on 2013-05-01 17:46. 4 comments. 360 reads
 
Now that I talked to the cardiologist, he says I will be okay with my type of PM so I ask my fellow PM Club members what is the best advice you can give me to help with the altitude, for example someone mentioned we should drink plenty of water to counteract any effects of the altitude.

Posted by heather1723 on 2013-05-01 01:55. 3 comments. 727 reads
 
I have a question, I have had a Medtronic Adapta implanted since 6/2010 and wanted to get everyone's opinion. My husband and I are leaving for Vail, CO next month and wanted to know if the altitude will effect my pacemaker at all. I know it is an issue when scuba diving at certain levels but not sure about the altitude or not. I plan on calling Medtronic on Friday on my day off of work but in the meantime just wanted to get everyone's thoughts on the subject.

Posted by redneck41 on 2013-04-30 13:18. 7 comments. 1010 reads
 
I just had one installed (6 weeks ago) and I have already hit the electric fence. Any concerns with this?

Posted by Jay4 on 2013-04-27 13:24. 7 comments. 501 reads
 
I will be taking my first flight since having my surgery for an ICD. My question to you is Screen or not to screen? While I have read to stay away from magnets, do not let the wand at the airport get too close to your device. Even read recently that it is safe to go through those screens and it is not a problem to have the wand close as long as it is not too long (20 secs). I have made up my mind as to what I will do just would like to get other peoples advice and opinion on what they do. Thanks in advance.
J


Posted by cormac on 2013-04-26 21:28. 1 comments. 323 reads
 
so i take it that there a few members on the site here who still weld with no problem's..

Posted by cormac on 2013-04-26 18:57. 0 comments. 261 reads
 
has anyone made up a small piece of lead to cover their pacer anf if so do they think it made any difference while using a welder??

Posted by cormac on 2013-04-26 16:34. 5 comments. 608 reads
 
Hi all, it has been a while since i was on the site :-( quick one! whst is the situation on welding?
cheers
Cormac

Posted by kgdalg on 2013-04-24 01:07. 4 comments. 496 reads
 
I'm only 4 days from having my PM inserted, but my doctor wasn't clear on when I could go back to work. I have a very demanding job (I Love!) that involves physical work, but much of it is computer work. I just got the warnings about lifting my arm, but no indication of when I should get back to work. I'm pretty wiped out if I do much around the house, but going a bit stir crazy wondering when I'll feel better. Also the people at work need to know when I'll be back. I should also say that the day before my surgery during a tilt table test my heart stopped completely for 60 seconds and they needed to use cardiac compressions to get me going again. Is that why I'm still wiped out? I had the test because I passed out and face planted g...


Posted by jaydole on 2013-04-23 15:31. 5 comments. 1087 reads
 
I am 18 years old and I have a defibrillator, I have always wanted to get into the law enforcement field and I don't know if I can do that anymore because of my device. I would like to know if anyone has any info. on whether or not I can still become a police officer with an implanted defibrillator. Thankyou

Posted by billylittle on 2013-04-18 15:13. 5 comments. 473 reads
 
i just had a single chamber medtronics sensia sr put in a couple of days ago. I noticed that on the ride home it seemed that it was set too sensitive and the ride home was making the heart rate go up from bumps in the car. Is this possible? Is this feature adjustable by a programmer?

Posted by GrandmaD on 2013-03-22 18:23. 3 comments. 326 reads
 
Another question re insurance. Do any Canadians here know the rules as far as informing motor vehicals and our private insurance companies? Specificaly I am in Alberta, as rules vary for everything else in the differant provinces, why not this.
Thanks
Debera

Posted by imed2u on 2013-03-18 13:16. 5 comments. 461 reads
 
I am 60 and have only had my PM for 6 days now. It is CRT-D if that make a difference in the answer to this question. I drive an hour to work and slightly over an hour back home. I am left handed and the PM is on the left side. Still having some pain that last for a couple of hours. I have enough time to take off, but has anyone just worked 1/2 days for awhile and if so, how long? My job is stressful but I am slowly dealing with that. There are a lot of deadlines to meet....

Thanks,

ED

Posted by Snlp on 2013-03-11 23:21. 7 comments. 524 reads
 
I have some questions on recovery time and how long everyone was off work after the procedure. Also how long before you were about to drive again. I am scheduled to have my pacemaker implanted on Thursday, April 4th and had in my mind that I would return to work the next Monday or Tuesday. I have read some that were off work for a few weeks and am sure some of it depends on the type of work a person does. I am a Human Resource Mgr and work at a computer in an office most of the time. Are my expectations realistic? Also how long before you are allowed to drive? That might prevent me from going back to work if that is longer. Just also wanted to say that I am thankful to have found this group. It is helping to make a scary situation...


Posted by jfullerton on 2013-02-28 12:00. 6 comments. 637 reads
 
My 31 year old son has a PM (5 years ago) and after a lethal arrythmia in 2012 now has a ICD inplant. He is no longer able to work as a carpenter/home renovator and has been in out of hospital 3-4 times each year for further ablations for the past 6 years, surgically repostioning of pacemaker and wires that have come through the skin due to the physical job. He is thinking about taking a course for using heavy equipment and possibly driving a small bobcat or forklift - but I question all the vibrations of heavy equipment. He is due for more ablations as icd has gone off unneccesarily.
Any members have any career suggestions for someone in this position. Anyone had a similar situation and been able to find some sort of work?
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