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Posted by Mia929 on 2015-07-16 09:57. 2 comments. 189 reads
 
I had my Pacemaker implanted January 25, 2015. Is a home alarm security system all wireless except for keypad that is hardwired ok with a Advisa DR MRI SureScan Pacemaker?

Thank You,
Mia

Posted by naemad17 on 2015-07-10 12:38. 1 comments. 170 reads
 
I have been picked to donate bone marrow! As ecstatic as I am/ was the bad news was a complete downer. I was a match to save a life, yet having a defibrillator and pacemaker at the age of 26 denies me from being able to help. The one thing that tickles my nerves the most is knowing I can help, but not being able to do so. I realize there are regulations, but my doctor is perfectly fine to stand in on any procedure done on me. If it's to save the human kind why not. I know this may not be the right way to think about it, but if one body or multitudes need a transplant, why not use someone who has a match. Really what is the risk, I always think what's the worst that can happen! I live with this implanted on me I know when I'm feeling uneas...


Posted by Macabr on 2015-07-08 23:03. 2 comments. 112 reads
 
Hi all,

I own a ps3 w/wireless controllers and I'm wondering about the possible effects. The playstation faq is very broad on the subject, just stating that one should consult physician or the device documentation. Anyone have info on this?

Posted by chip-almost-human on 2015-07-05 13:02. 3 comments. 137 reads
 
has anyone ever had any problems using corded or cordless power tools, such as hand held power saws, or table saws.

doc told me what to avoid.... but he didn't warn about A-fib and odds of still getting zapped.

Posted by tatertodd on 2015-06-23 13:49. 2 comments. 175 reads
 
Hi folks, hope everyone is well

I was recently hired to work for a contracting company locating utility lines(gas, cable, phone, hydro, water) Having not started yet I am a little worried about the equipment affecting the pacemaker. It's pretty low wattage(around 12 watts I think) and where the signal comes from is about 3-4 feet away from my device. It's electromagnetic equipment like this
http://locatorguys.com/rd7000_plus.html

does anyone have any experience with this type of equipment? I know to stay away from welding equipment but I doubt this puts off even a quarter of the power a welding machine does.

any info would be awesome

thanks guys!

Posted by PJinSC on 2015-06-22 11:26. 2 comments. 208 reads
 
Just perusing the recent messages today and had to add this. I have posted and commented many times (as have others) about how I have exposed myself and my CRT-P to electromagnetic fields (EMF) in many conditions, from huge power generators all the way down to how I hold my cell phone. I always inserted the disclaimer that I did not do welding. My brother-in-law was recently told he needed an ICD due to a-fib and prior damage from two heart attacks. His EP originally wanted to implant one of the new Boston Scientific S-ICDs. My brother is a professional welder using all of the common methods, so he and I discussed what they had planned. After some research of my own, I recommended that he tell his doctor about the welding up front. The do...


Posted by Nervoususertobe on 2015-06-20 12:47. 5 comments. 364 reads
 
I am concerned that any closeness to a WiFi computer will cause interference with a pacemaker.(Which I have yet to have fitted) Is there a limit to how long a computer can be operated at a time. I am also concerned that my present condition, which has prompted my medics (my son included) to diagnose the condition for which they are recommending a pacemaker, has been caused or exacerbated by over frequent and prolonged close contact with a LAB TOP computer. (My name for it, it is too large to fit comfortably on the LAP) [Toshiba 750ODN] I should mention that I am retired and 6-8 hours a day is a regular stint. I am also 85 years old and no doubt my heart is not what it was even at 58 .I have searched the web but can find no ref...


Posted by Gulf on 2015-05-06 22:41. 3 comments. 284 reads
 
Hey ya'll,

I am looking for information or recommendations for a device to measure electromagnetic interference. I will be having a Boston Scientific ICD implanted May the 20th. I currently work in a pulpmill full of large electrical motors, motor control centers MCC's, Industrial transformers, and a powerhouse that has steam driven turbine generators.

After some reluctance, our industrial hygienist has come on board to help me identify any areas that I may need to avoid. I want to buy a personal device for myself do some testing before I go out for the surgery (and also to use at home to test my personal shop tools). The industrial hygienist wants to buy something for the mill to do some testing before I return....


Posted by Riverglade on 2015-05-03 11:39. 5 comments. 362 reads
 
I have a Samsung GalaxyS4 smartphone and a Kindle with a Kindle cover (magnet closure that puts the Kindle into sleep mode)

I had my first pacemaker implanted April 7 (26 days ago) on right side. I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation last June. My heart rate was slow (as low as 29 at night with daily avg of 55) While my incision looks great, I have had continuing pain at the site and extreme sensitivity (burning feeling) in the chest area below it and to the center of my chest. It seems to be lessening, but still there. I have difficulty lying on my left side (pacemaker on my right). It seems the weight of the pacemaker causes pain in that position.

I am concerned that my smartphone and the cover(magnetic) for my K...


Posted by Perry on 2015-04-23 06:38. 3 comments. 380 reads
 
Hi,
I'm a 28 year old male who has a trade as a boilermaker. I haven't been welding since I've had my pm but am wondering if anyone knows if there is any real problem if I do? I'd love to be able to do my trade again. Thanks

Posted by Stoneboy on 2015-04-18 09:16. 5 comments. 298 reads
 
I am having a ICD installed week after next. It will be implanted on my left side, or I should say that is the side they want to implant it on. I am a sporting clays shooter and just recently found out (by accident) that I will no longer be able to shoot because I shoot left handed and the dr says it will or could damage the device and/or leads. This is my main activity, take that away from me and life will not be good!!! I was told by my dr that the device could be implanted on my right side but it would not be as effective as on the left side.

Has anyone faced this issue? HELP.

Posted by trish on 2015-04-01 22:50. 4 comments. 345 reads
 
Could being between commercial LED lighting system and control panel of such cause interference of pacemaker causing it to pace unnecessarily ? Trish

Posted by orensnanna on 2015-03-29 15:46. 2 comments. 354 reads
 
Ok Disney Fans! I am going to Disney World in 20 days. I have been reading threads trying to find out for sure what rides to avoid with my pacemaker. It's a Versa DR Pacemaker Model #VEDR01. I keep reading different information. Has anyone been to Disney and ridden any of these rides and experienced any problems? Tomorrowland Speedway, Thunder Mountain Railroad, or The Great Movie Ride. Also any of the parades? Thanks for the information!

Posted by Mia929 on 2015-03-28 22:18. 5 comments. 288 reads
 
Good Evening:

I have a pacemaker implanted since January 23rd 2015. I would like to know if a x310 John Deere Tractor would cause any interference to my pacemaker.

Thank You!

Posted by TippyToes on 2015-03-26 13:11. 4 comments. 384 reads
 
About a hour ago my Merlin started beeping, so I reset it and it did a check. This is the first time this has every happened was just wondering if anyone else had theirs to do this and why!

Posted by dmwatson1 on 2015-03-17 20:16. 3 comments. 313 reads
 
This might sound strange, but this has happened a couple of times. When riding in a van to the airport....and sitting in the rear seats of the van, my heart rate seems to increase as the van moves....not when riding in the front seats. What could this be?

Posted by Cspot on 2015-03-17 19:20. 5 comments. 340 reads
 
This whole alien pacemaker thing in my chest is kind of wearing off, except for today, when it felt like that little sucker was trying to get born. I have felt like whale crap all day long: fatigue, strong thumps and mutterings from that little techno marvel, very low blood pressure. So, to make a short question shorter. This is a big honking solar storm hitting us right now. It could theoretically disrupt power supplies and such, but my focus is narrowed to that point in my upper left chest. Could it affect little ole me? Anyone have any knowledge, wisdom, cookies to share?

Posted by orensnanna on 2015-03-16 15:43. 1 comments. 341 reads
 
I have a question. I am concerned about rides that use the strong magnets. We are going to Disney World in Florida in a month and I was wondering if there were any rides there that have caused interference with pacemakers. I have a Medtronic Versa DR Pacemaker and have had it for 15 months with no problems. Thanks in advance for any information that you might have.

Posted by wxman on 2015-03-15 19:15. 3 comments. 295 reads
 
I've looked up and read that cell towers probably won't affect the latest pacemakers. Yet, I haven't heard of any experience with close proximity to them (hours of exposure at a time).

Going on vacation shortly. And the hotel we usually stay at has a cell tower right in the parking lot. The antenna array is well above the parking lot and the hotel. The most I've found through google is that the power from these towers is quite low, compared to radio or TV towers. Yet, the possibility of being so close (200 feet) I've wondered if we should just say heck with it and stay at the next closest place a couple miles away that we aren't familiar with.

So, my question is, has anyone been in close proximity to a cell tower...


Posted by orensnanna on 2015-03-15 10:07. 6 comments. 442 reads
 
Hello! I will be traveling to Disney World next month and we will be wearing magic bands with RFI technology to get onto rides, get into our hotel room, pay for meals, etc..... They said that we can change to another card when we arrive that uses different technology but won't interact with the park when they send out information like the magic band does. I cannot seem to get more information from anyone at Disney. Do you know whether or not these are dangerous to wear with my dual lead pacemaker? I am 100% dependent and will have 2 young children depending on me while I am there. Thanks in advance for any information you have that might help me.



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