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Posted by jrae611 on 2013-07-01 20:22. 1 comments. 897 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. 545 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. 425 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. 897 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. 488 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. 737 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. 400 reads
 
Is it safe to use a chainsaw?


Posted by billylittle on 2013-05-12 00:28. 8 comments. 908 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. 2445 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. 1197 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. 495 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. 447 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. 517 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. 387 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

Posted by Harold1962 on 2013-04-14 12:08. 1 comments. 331 reads
 
Ok i was told that a cb radio dident do anything to my pm but i want to buy a 10 meter high power radio will it do any thing to my pasemaker as long as the antenna is above me its about a 100 watt output

Posted by KathyB on 2013-04-13 22:49. 2 comments. 462 reads
 
Hi all, I recently had a pm inserted. My husband and I are planning a trip to the Everglades and wanted to take an airboat ride. Does anyone know if there are any interferences with this.

Posted by sims_g on 2013-04-03 16:27. 8 comments. 1124 reads
 
hi all! what i really want to know is what are the devices that interfere with our pacemakers. i have a medtronic ; mri safe pacemaker. but i wonder about our daily and regular use of microwaves, mobile phones, wi-fi,radios etc. also i want to know about laser hair removal and other therapies; like a photo facial....can i get these done..?????
thank you

Posted by Kayjo on 2013-03-26 06:09. 5 comments. 669 reads
 
Hi - my mother who is 90 has a PM that she's had for the last two years.
Four weeks ago she developed excruciating back pain. She's on all sort of meds but little is helping.
I would love to get her a magnetic back support as anything is worth a try.
Having had a flick through previous messages it appears that the warning over magnets are overdone and to cover manufacturers of magnetic products.
Obviously the magnets would be on her lumbar region - not near the site of the PM.
Any help on this would be much appreciated as I'm desperate to get her some help.

Posted by goldenoldy on 2013-03-23 16:48. 3 comments. 374 reads
 
Hi, I am fitting a Bluetooth communication system between our bike helmets. They are Nolan N-com systems. The manual gives no hint of problems with pm's. Does anyone have info on possible problems?
Thanks. Brian

Posted by golden_snitch on 2013-03-13 04:09. 1 comments. 538 reads
 
Hi there!

The Majo Clinic has recently presented a study on implanted cardiac devices and possible interferences with electric/hybrid cars. They used a Toyota Prius and patients with ICDs from three different manufacturers. It was concluded that device patients can safely drive/sit in a hybrid car. Researchers admitted, though, that more research needs to be done with different hybrid or electric cars. Here's an article on the study:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/257451.php

Best
Inga



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