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Posted by pace-man on 2013-12-04 02:36. 12 comments. 591 reads
 
Hi everybody, in regards to electric (arc welders) I have been looking into this subject and have found that it is recommended to twist the positive and negative leads together, secure the earth as close as possible to where the area is being welded, move the machine as far away from you as you can, don't lean in too close to the arc and have somebody near you that can turn the welder off if anything goes wrong...... My question is have anyone out there actually used an arc welder who has a pace maker fitted and is there any thing else that you can add to the above items, I only use the welder once or twice a year, when I break something, but I don't want to break myself..???

Posted by grandma7 on 2013-11-05 20:57. 1 comments. 341 reads
 
Hi, I have a pacemaker and wondered if anyone has used a Neff Slide and Hide oven, the specs say it uses 50hz, does anyone know if this item is dangerous to use? I like the idea of the way this oven works and when removing hot items you don't have to contend with the oven door being in the way. Thanks.

Posted by sirocco on 2013-10-31 18:55. 0 comments. 268 reads
 
hi donb, thank you for returning my post message so quickly.
i am hoping to weld 1mm sheet mild steel useing a DC tig welder
at 30 to 40 amps. should i be twisting + and - cables together,
.and putting a sheald over the pm/icd, i would still like to know
which meter to buy, its a dc welder. anyone reading this message
with info would be welcolme. thank you.


Posted by sirocco on 2013-10-31 12:55. 2 comments. 430 reads
 
hi, i am a new member with a pm/dif fitted 3 years ago. in the
process of renovating a vintage car, i have come to the part
where some welding is reqired, all the information i have been
given is that wldig is a no/no.
i would like to know the strength of the signal, and a safe distance
to avoid these signals. to do this i need some type of meter,
most of the meters on amazon are for chasing gosts
could anyone tell me what type of meter i should be looking for,
emf/rf, where to get them from, and at a price that would not brake the bank.
looking forward for your informatiom.


Posted by IdyGal on 2013-10-31 01:40. 7 comments. 566 reads
 
I had my Medtronics PM replaced with a Medtronic Viva Quad XT CRT-D (defibrillator) and am worried about needing medical aid. I have a medical alert bracelet already but am worried about some idiot not noticing it. Is it unreasonable to consider a small tattoo in block letters over my implant site? I tell myself that I worry too much but then I think "what's the big deal if it makes me feel better about it?" Just not sure if it would cause any problems. I know less than zilch about what is in tattoo ink but figured someone here is prob sporting a tat or two (get it? tat-two?)

Posted by lbdina on 2013-10-30 16:44. 8 comments. 907 reads
 
I have my first domestic airline flight next week since I got my PM. I'd like to know whether I should go through the normal passenger scanner or bypass the scanner and have them use a wand. I am not PM dependent, but I don't want to mess up my PM programming or cause any unnecessary fuss at the airport.

I have my PM ID card, a MedAlert pendant and will notify them at security.

Is there a clear consensus as to which is better?

Thx, Lou

Posted by Roys on 2013-10-24 18:39. 1 comments. 376 reads
 
Hi
Does anyone know if an Inverter for Solar Panels would effect my Pacermaker?
Cheers Roy

Posted by Bluefey on 2013-10-14 13:44. 10 comments. 747 reads
 
Today the electric people knocked on my door and told me that they were putting a smart meter on my house. I told them I did not want one because of my pacemaker and the fact that it is right next to my back door and would be on the other side of my bathroom wall. The guy said too bad I am getting one and I told him I was not authorizing him to do so. He told me I would be arrested if I didnt get one.

I called the public utilities commission, and they told me that a law was passed here in Texas requiring all residences to have one. I also talked to the company responsible for my electricity and they sympathized with me, but said since it is the law they have no choice anymore. He said there will be an amendment passed soon t...


Posted by tinac on 2013-10-11 02:16. 4 comments. 402 reads
 
Hi everyone, I am curious if anyone else has had a issue with there pacemaker like I did recently. While using my vacuum cleaner I was holding cord in left hand and handle with right hand, I experienced a shock of some sort. lt felt like pins and needles sticking in me, like a prickly feeling it was on my left side directly under my pacemaker site. That afternoon I noticed some discomfort in my chest and had some issues with atrial tach, and afib/aflutter that afternoon after the shock. I contacted Boston Scientific and was told that a dual chamber pacemaker does not shock. I am terrified of using my vacuum cleaner. I don't understand why this happened?

Thanks,
Tina

Posted by dfnx2 on 2013-10-10 23:41. 2 comments. 246 reads
 
i want a welding coat and a price. 2x size. i really need to know if they work also. gonna have a pacemake real soon and i love to weld as a hobby.. thankx.
tom...

Posted by Prague on 2013-10-01 09:59. 1 comments. 633 reads
 
I was on a treadmill in a gym yesterday and gripped the handles on the treadmill to obtain a pulse rate. Held the grips for an extended period of time (longer than usual to watch the change in pulse rate as I walked) and all of a sudden felt something happening with my heart rate. I checked my pulse with my finger and it had become irregular ... as though the pacemaker was no longer regulating it. Continued to be irregular throughout the day as I experienced some of the symptoms of an irregular heart beat. Next morning pulse rate seemed to back under the control of the pacemaker. It appears some type of feedback from the treadmill monitor interfered with the pacemaker. Using a St Judes pacemaker/defib. Need to pursue further. Anyone ...


Posted by suzybabes on 2013-09-21 14:58. 2 comments. 566 reads
 
Hi, I have been back at work for a couple of months now with no major problems. This week we have been stocktaking with a hand held barcode scanner which is linked wirelessly to the till/computer system. Is it possible that this would affect my Medtronic pm? or am I just being over sensitive? thanks guys.

Posted by Roys on 2013-09-19 21:36. 5 comments. 341 reads
 
Hi
Can I use a TENS Machine ( Electrical Stimulator ) on my back with a Pacemaker?
Roy

Posted by bearss27 on 2013-08-24 23:14. 3 comments. 1021 reads
 
I just wanted to let yall know my dad got me the i phone 4 about two weeks ago and in 5days it said I use 2gb of data and at that time I had no apps on my phone or anything. I ended up at the apple store today and they gave me a new one to see if it would happen again and in acouple of hours its up to 130mb of data so I called my mom who got her phone the same day I got mine and had her look up the data usage and in the two weeks she had her phone she only used 89mb of data and she has alot of apps on her phone so I am going to contact apple again on monday to let them know. I don't feel ill or anything so I am not sure that its causing my pacemaker to misbehave but I don't wana pay for data I'm not using. Has anyone else had this kind of ...


Posted by KAG on 2013-08-16 11:57. 2 comments. 329 reads
 
Thought I'd post the results of my dental visit this week. I started by telling my dentist and his assistant about my PM and appreciated that they not put any pressure, magnets or electrical devices over the site. I said I'd swing first if that happened. LOL

All went well, routine cleaning and exam. No cavities!

I hope Duke (and others) have a similar experience.
Kathy

Posted by NormaLou on 2013-08-03 17:51. 5 comments. 1337 reads
 
Hello, I have a PM and I am think of getting an induction cooktop (uses magnets) but have heard that persons with pacemakers should not use them. Does anyone here have experience with this? The PM technician didn't know. And, what effect would it have on one's PM? Thanks.
NormaLou

Posted by Budblue on 2013-07-31 15:32. 6 comments. 487 reads
 
Hi everyone, I'm new at the club. Joined today, I have a question about ham radio, some of these radios put out about 200 watts RF at the antenna and I have a pacemaker with defibrillator since 5/15/2013, (not really used to it yet) will this harm my device?
Any help appreciated, Thanks!

Posted by Lala on 2013-07-25 12:56. 5 comments. 594 reads
 
I had a pacemaker implanted two months ago, does anyone know if it's ok to use the dryers in nail salons for gel nails and the jetted tubs for pedicures?
thanks!

Posted by Scott on 2013-07-25 11:32. 5 comments. 1063 reads
 
Hi-

I have some concerns about being in close proximity to high voltage power lines (400K). Is there anyone out there with any engineering and/or medical expertise that can help me. I would like to know what the possible dangers are. I saw guy named frank posted a few years back that, as an electric (electronic?) engineer he wouldn't want to be within 25 feet of them even without a pacemaker!

Posted by wash35 on 2013-07-12 15:39. 5 comments. 773 reads
 
Hi. I have just recently had a pacemaker fitted which is a Sonic reply DR.
My BIG question is now .... Having contacted the heart foundation people their advice seems to be with regard to magnetic field interference from the main drive motors i.e. induction motors, carbon brush motors, inlet valves, out let pumps, various computer components etc. plus the use of testing equipment i.e. mega 1000 vlts. All these things combined, their guide lines seem to be 1 - 2 ft away from internal parts with top and back removed for repair purposes. (this means I need a really long screw driver)!!!
Has any one come across this problem before as I have not yet received a reply from Sonic and my doctor is very unsure as to whether it will be saf...




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