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Posted by tinac on 2013-10-11 02:16. 4 comments. 386 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. 221 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. 487 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. 457 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. 315 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. 993 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. 306 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. 1059 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. 5 comments. 407 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. 506 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. 821 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. 610 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...


Posted by jrae611 on 2013-07-01 20:22. 1 comments. 688 reads
 

I got a pacemaker implanted in December 2011 and life has been great. I have been off medications for the first time in my adult life. I have had no edema or palpitations. I began a new job 2 months ago as (of all things!) a monitor technician at our local hospital. I work in a room that houses approximately 30-40 computer monitors, extra telemetry boxes, charging banks, a hemochron and I wear a Vocera voice communication device at clips onto my collar. Within a couple of days of beginning my new position I began to have headaches and edema in my legs/ankles. I made an appointment with cardiologist for a pacemaker interrogation. At that time, everything looked good. As time went on I began working 12 hour shifts and began feeling wor...


Posted by goldenoldy on 2013-06-08 15:48. 3 comments. 517 reads
 
Hi all. Does anyone know if static shocks can affect a pacemaker?
Brian

Posted by Paced to perfection on 2013-06-05 13:26. 5 comments. 399 reads
 
Ok so i have read that casino's are fine.. because the machines are not going to interfere. My question is more the new chairs.. you know the ones with giant speakers in the head/neck area that shake and rumble... these are pretty big speakers are they safe??

Posted by davidlwild on 2013-06-01 13:50. 7 comments. 801 reads
 
I have been walking using a highly rated Nonin Go2 Achieve finger heart rate monitor. But, even warming my fingers to attempt to get a better pulse rate reading, I cannot get reasonably consistent readings. Frequently, it just times out with no reading at all.

I concluded that a wrist unit with a chest strap would be a better option, and purchased a Garmin Forerunner 210, but have yet to actually try it, because I am worried about possible interference between the Garmin and my Medtronics pacemaker. From what I have read, it is not the Garmin affecting the pacemaker operation, but rather, the pacemaker causing inaccurate and inconsistent Garmin pulse rate readings.

I would appreciate any knowlege or experience oth...


Posted by Fujitsu1522 on 2013-05-31 13:21. 2 comments. 469 reads
 
When I clicked to join it said I can get a free I'd card, I pressed another button and lost the link, is there a card? I've had a paper one that deteriorates very quickly on my wallet?
Thanks

Posted by ngausten on 2013-05-26 07:43. 2 comments. 676 reads
 
I had a ST JUDE PM2224 PM fitted in December 2012 for a bradycardia condition following a bicycle accident and a couple of brief stoppages. I am 52 years old and generally in good fitness. Back running around 20 mins and still recovering from an ABI. I was thinking of cutting some firewood with a pertrol driven Sthil Farmboss. Will the chainsaw interfere with my PM?

Posted by gcballard on 2013-05-22 14:55. 3 comments. 383 reads
 
Is it safe to use a chainsaw?


Posted by billylittle on 2013-05-12 00:28. 8 comments. 811 reads
 
I am a 25 year welder and fabricator. I was warned to stay away from welding. I didn't and tried to weld well over a hundred amps on aluminum. DO NOT TRY IT!!! I kept my arms as far away from me as I could. When I struck an arc it was like being hit with paddles. This little stunt resulted in immediate reprogramming of my PM. You cannot do industrial welding with a device. Especially TIG! My pacemaker has taken my career away, and I was damn good too...



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