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Posted by tibo1980 on 2013-05-02 19:21. 2 comments. 409 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. 357 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. 713 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. 994 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. 499 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. 316 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. 258 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. 603 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. 493 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. 1048 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. 467 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. 322 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. 457 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. 520 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. 631 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?
Thank...


Posted by accoj on 2013-02-16 18:06. 5 comments. 765 reads
 
Hi all I had my PM and Defib put in on the 9th of Feb 2013
Im told by a few doctors what tools I can use and what I cant
but cant get a definite answer
I have a 100 amp stick, welder a 100 amp Mig welder,
3/8th power drill, 9 inch and 4 inch grinders,
bench grinder battery drill and battery charger
2 chain saws one 2 stroke and one mains power @240 volts
a 4 stroke lawn mower and a 2 stroke leaf blower
all of which I use occasionaly not full time
can I use any of them ? or is my life over
thanks John in Australia

Posted by jacko on 2013-02-09 12:11. 1 comments. 475 reads
 
Hi Folks
I am trying to get some sensible travel insurance for a 90 day trip to Spain and had quotes varying between £423 and £763, seems a lot to me but what should I expect to pay?
I also take Simvastatin and two blood pressure tablets daily and been constant for 12 years.
My Pacemaker was fitted because I have an occasional slowing of my heartbeat.
Advice and recommendations please.
Jacko

Posted by goldenoldy on 2013-02-08 15:49. 8 comments. 553 reads
 
Hi, starting to think, (implant Jan 10th) about getting back onto my motorcycle.Being a 'boxer' engine there is always some vibration present. Does anyone have experience of how long after the op its safe to get aboard again, and also does the vibration, not a shaking, affect anything. Thanks. Brian

Posted by carnut on 2013-02-07 19:04. 6 comments. 533 reads
 
I’m a retired bodyman & street rodder want to talk to anyone with an icd who has done any welding.  Pls contact me via a Pvt Msg, so we can make contact.  Ralph



Posted by concerned-daughter on 2013-02-07 17:06. 2 comments. 403 reads
 
My Mother is going to fly from N.Y to Arizona on a 5 HR flight. What would anyone suggest for safety and comfort.



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