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Posted by KAG on 2013-08-16 11:57. 2 comments. 338 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. 1439 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. 503 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. 612 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. 1129 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. 793 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. 1028 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. 560 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. 434 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. 929 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. 496 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. 756 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. 406 reads
 
Is it safe to use a chainsaw?


Posted by billylittle on 2013-05-12 00:28. 8 comments. 952 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...

Posted by Paced to perfection on 2013-05-10 13:07. 14 comments. 2523 reads
 
OK so a friend of mine who also has a pacer posted on facebook that ipad covers can turn off the pacemaker. THinking she was crazy I googled it... according to the article its true and apple even acknowledges it!!
http://www.techdigest.tv/2013/05/ipad_smart_cove.html

below is an exert from the article
"Gianna Chien discovered that the magnets in the tablet and its cover can inadvertently shut off the defibrillators keeping people alive.

Pacemakers use magnets as a safety measure to switch off the internal devices. Though an iPad's magnets are too small to affect a user when held at a reading distance, if the magnets get too close to the user's chest (the example being given if a user falls asleep with the ...


Posted by Yakkwak on 2013-05-07 18:19. 4 comments. 1225 reads
 
A device called a P-STIM has been prescribed as a non-pharmaceutical treatment for my cervical pain - specifically bilateral occipital neuralgia (almost my whole neck has been fused - I know, good grief, right?). This device is an auricular (outer ear) electro-acupuncture device that stimulates the vagal nerve. Guess it is sort of like a TENS unit?? - which is not compatible with pm's. According to my web search: 1 Hz. is delivered between 3 ?? titanium access points that are placed on the outer ear. It is usually placed on left ear for access left vagal nerve pathways. A battery system is affixed behind the ear and connected to the access points. My physician clearly said it WAS safe for pacemakers when I asked him. I briefly met...


Posted by WWKD on 2013-05-03 22:03. 1 comments. 510 reads
 
Hi, My mom is 71 and recently had her pacemaker installed. They have a medic alert system in there house it works on a wireless sytem. she wears a necklace with the button attached does the affect the St Jude pacemaker? Thank you

Posted by bcmitra on 2013-04-27 03:45. 3 comments. 455 reads
 
Hello friends,

I just had a pacemaker implantation a week back.Now i have been discharged from the hospital and staying in a hotel for few days.

Could a mobile base station tower constructed on one side of a house (hotel) interfere pacemaker's activity, if residing in rooms very close to the tower?

Thanks a lot in advance,
Best Regards,
Bimal

Posted by bear dog on 2013-04-25 12:12. 4 comments. 531 reads
 
Will the machines at casinos cause a problem with Pacemaker, such as slot machines etc..? I have experienced some problems where magnets are involved such as Junk yards . Bear Dog

Posted by buttrflz24 on 2013-04-16 12:57. 3 comments. 399 reads
 
Hello everyone!
Hope you are all doing well. Wondering if anyone has a Clarisonic? (facial cleansing system)- I just got one, I researched online if it is pacemaker safe and it says it is as it uses sonic frequency but where my concern is the charger. The handle is a magnet, and adheres to the charger to charge.
Thank you in advance!
Best,
Angie



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