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Posted by AnnaT on 2015-08-29 21:50. 2 comments. 18 reads
 
I wear a security access card when at work, one that allows me to hold against the door lock & have it scanned to unlock the door. Does this interfere with my PM and do I need to wear it away from my PM area?

Posted by Andyfoo on 2015-08-24 13:54. 2 comments. 133 reads
 
This is my 6th day since I had the Pacemaker. I was told by the sale executive of the PM (St Jude) that I should abstain from using the Osim Massage chair as the rollers/mechanism might have electro magnets that could affect the performance of my PM. Anybody tried using the massage chair, particularly Osim? It will be a very invaluable bit of info for me. Please advise & thank you.

Posted by Pixie on 2015-08-20 22:48. 5 comments. 183 reads
 
My wife has just had a Medtronic A2DR01 implanted to treat her bradycardia and it appears to be performing well. She wears Phonak hearing aids and enjoys use of the Compilot streamer, a bluetooth device that communicates with her aids via a neckloop radiating a radio-frequency signal. Phonak warns categorically that PM patients should not use the ComPilot.
(1) Would a 6" offset from the loop prevent interference?
(2) Is there any reason to believe that newer devices such as the A2DR01 would be immune from such interference?
(3) In the worst case, how does the patient experience interference should it occur; does it temporarily block pacing or could it reset the device (which I understand causes a fixed 85 bpm pacing)?

Posted by Taugehg on 2015-08-19 08:43. 8 comments. 260 reads
 
I have an ICD for VT and AF recently. A friend recommended trying on negative ion clothings to regulate the heart beat. Of coz to begin slowly from socks first.

Anyone have experience wearing negative ion clothes? Does it cause interference? As I heard it has to do with electro static. Thanks in advance.

Posted by johnmixon on 2015-08-09 11:49. 5 comments. 186 reads
 
I am a 63 year old man with over a hundred marathons completed along with 3 Hawaiian Ironman's. In 2013 I suffered a major heart attack and had a stent implanted. When I first started back running HRM's seemed to work ok. Now I don't seem to be able to get any to work at all other than an older Timex that sometimes works but no GPS. Can anyone help me so that I can continue to exercise safely. None of the doctors I ask think that the stent can interfere but I beg to differ. Doesn't anyone know if there is a specific brand or model that will work? There doesn't seem to be any info on stents in this forum. Help !!!!!

Posted by iRonMan on 2015-08-05 21:57. 3 comments. 166 reads
 
I am a new recipient of a PM and in my second week of recovery. Coping with it is a little difficult at times, and after reading some of the posts out here I feel a little better and a little more patient with my recovery time. I play electric guitar and I'm around amplifiers and speakers often. I was wondering if there were any musicians out here that are around the same equipment and if you have had any problems. Thanks!

Posted by gardener on 2015-07-31 06:04. 0 comments. 120 reads
 
I had a loop recorder (Medtronic) ILR placed a couple of weeks ago. I already have a pacemaker. I managed to download the ILR a couple of times afterwards, but now it wont pick up the information and send it to clinic. Technician suggests this is happening because of the pacemaker signals. Wondering if anyone else has both ILR and PM and the same difficulties? Thank you.

Posted by Mia929 on 2015-07-16 09:57. 2 comments. 297 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. 376 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. 201 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. 212 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. 265 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. 325 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. 490 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. 362 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. 445 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. 469 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. 377 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. 431 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. 458 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!



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