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Posted by MagsyRu on 2015-10-19 15:52. 9 comments. 903 reads
 
Hello!

My workplace has just had a clocking in handpunch put in. It scans your hand so no fibbing about being late :D
It made me feel quite unwell when close to it earlier so Ive contacted Medtronic and The manufacturer....It says in the manual that it generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energyand can cause harmful interference with radio communications.

Anyone use one at work or is my vaultage too high or sensitive?

Thank you

Posted by DLER on 2015-10-16 11:21. 5 comments. 876 reads
 
Hi dear members
I had my pm implanted in2010 . Today l was testing an electrical device suddenly I was shocked and crawled my left hand. I felt raise of pulse .anyone knows the effect of the shock on the pm.? Do I need checking of the pm and reprograming. Thanks in advance
Dler

Posted by DLER on 2015-10-16 11:21. 0 comments. 646 reads
 
Hi dear members
I had my pm implanted in2010 . Today l was testing an electrical device suddenly I was shocked and crawled my left hand. I felt raise of pulse .anyone knows the effect of the shock on the pm.? Do I need checking of the pm and reprograming. Thanks in advance
Dler

Posted by eva_rb on 2015-10-13 01:26. 4 comments. 892 reads
 
I have a medtronic pacemaker with one ventricular lead. This was fitted 6 years ago for complete heart block. Recently i have been noticing when i am lying in bed or sitting on my sofa either reading or using the computer etc, (so i haven't been moving really) my heart rate will speed up, i become aware of it when i feel a slight pounding in my chest,( although i feel i have become quite sensitive to realising when my heart rate changes) and when i take my pulse it tends to be around 60-70 BPM. My pacemaker is set to be 55 BPM at rest (although it can go above this as far as it likes with movement) and i dont understand why it would be rising above this when i have not been doing execise or even moving at all. I had thought it could be to ...


Posted by maggie36 on 2015-10-10 15:55. 4 comments. 721 reads
 
Two years ago my cardiologist allowed me to use a Medtronic Carelink Monitor every 3 months at home. We have Comcast phone, internet and cable and it has been very successful. Not once in two years did the transmission not go through.

Suddenly my September 25 transmission never went through nor did successive tries go through. The Carelink people said sometimes Comcast stops working with this type of monitor.

Has anyone else had a problem like this? I don't want to stop Comcast as it's mostly the only game in town, nor can I stop sending transmissions every three months. I would be grateful for any suggestions from anyone.

Thank you

Posted by tcasavant on 2015-10-05 12:58. 6 comments. 855 reads
 
Does anyone really know how much interference/damage this items mentioned above can damage our battery in the pacemaker?

I am teetering on removing these devices completely out of my world.

Posted by KarenHarman on 2015-09-25 06:22. 9 comments. 1012 reads
 
Hi, I am English so my vocab might be odd but I hope you can help my husband. Tony had a pacemaker in Jan 2015. He teaches Electronics. The school built a new building and his room is beside the school plant room with a large electrical motor and induction motor right against the wall with his whiteboard on it. The commissioning engineer told him there is a magnetic field but no-one can tell us how strong it is. Tony is in a different room for now but getting no help from the powers that be. Any ideas where to go next? He has spoken to his union...Thanks

Posted by dagikid1love on 2015-09-21 03:23. 5 comments. 434 reads
 
I would like to know if my latitude communicato can interrogate my device , if im in a different room , in my 1 bedroom apartment !!! Please reply asap !!!

Posted by AnnaT on 2015-08-29 21:50. 3 comments. 578 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. 3 comments. 588 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. 647 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. 562 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. 554 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. 483 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. 360 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 naemad17 on 2015-07-10 12:38. 2 comments. 682 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. 479 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. 464 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. 509 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. 643 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...




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