Sound Bath

I will be coming upon a year with my Boston Scientific pacemaker. It was an emergency surgery went to ER on a Thursday night by the next night I had a pacemaker. It was a shock at age 60 and no other health issues. I had Bradicardia with a complete heart block. My symptom was getting tired and unable to do my 10,000 steps a day which I had done in my exercise routine for years. I am now back to exercising and yoga. My question is Can I do sound bath with yoga? I wasn't sure if the sound vibration would interfere with my pacemaker? It is a special 1 1/2 hour event at our yoga studio? Thanks for all your support! 


Might not be advisable

by Lavender - 2022-10-29 13:23:58

I do sound baths at home with earplugs and my iPhone. However a sound bath as you describe may cause issues similar to being at a concert and too close to the speakers. That makes me uncomfortable and I had to move away. I did find this info online:

"An implant is a medical synthetic device manufactured to replace or support or enhance a biological structure. The surface of implants that are in contact with the body might be made of a biomedical material such as titanium, silicone, or apatite. In some cases implants contain electronics e.g. artificial pacemaker and cochlear implants. The vibrations in sound healing may cause discomfort through the vibration of the sound and the implant or even disrupt its function."

I read that on this site that I know nothing about but did a search on sound bath and pacemaker :

Other sites also cautioned about this. 

Thank you

by Ohio - 2022-10-29 14:28:36

Thank you so much for your research. I appreciate your response. I appreciate the forum to get answers from fellow pacemaker recipients. 

can't see why not

by ourswimmer - 2022-10-29 15:47:25

I have been to several loud music shows with a lot of bass in small venues since I got my device. Never occurred to me to worry about problems, and I had none. (To the contrary, I was very happy to have enough energy to stand up and dance for a few hours, which was energy I did not have in the several months before I got it.)

Even if the quality of sound at this event does make you temporarily uncomfortable, I can't imagine how it would damage your device or you permanently. So you may as well try it, and leave or change your position within the room if you don't like how it feels.


by Gemita - 2022-10-30 06:43:03

You have already received useful feedback.  As an arrhythmia sufferer, I have experienced an immediate deterioration in my symptoms when I foolishly agreed to attend a carnival a few years ago.  The music was very vibratory, the drums were beating heavily and I immediately went into Atrial Fibrillation with a rapid ventricular heart rate and was very very unstable.  

I clearly cannot tolerate loud, vibratory music and with an arrhythmia this can have severe consequences for me.  Although the vibratory music did not directly affect my pacemaker or pacing, it certainly affected my heart rate and rhythm quite noticeably.  My pacemaker clinic called next day to enquire how I was, since I had had several non sustained VT episodes recorded as well as 12 SVT episodes at exceedingly high heart rates and long periods of Atrial Fibrillation.

Big bass

by Persephone - 2022-10-30 17:19:01

What affects me is the heavy bass projection and the accompanying "earth shaking" vibrations. Perhaps if your yoga sessions involve higher frequency, more gentle sounds you'll be OK, assuming you can't actually feel a hard thump of the bass.

Go for it!

by Gotrhythm - 2022-11-01 16:19:10

Let's be clear about what we mean by "interfere with my pacemaker."

If you mean harm or damage my pacemaker, the answer is no. Sounds, even loud ones will not harm your pacemaker at all.

If you mean endanger you because you have a pacemaker, the answer is still no. Loud sounds are everywhere in our modern enviroment. Pacemakers will not malfunction due to loud noises or music.

Here's what you need to understand: Your pacemaker's abiltiy to speed up your heartrate as needed works by sensing vibration. Usually that means the vibration produced by movement. But as you know, sound is also vibration. Ordinarily, it isn't strong enough to affect the pacemaker's accelerometer. But occasionally, particularly with very low frequencies that resonate in your chest, if you are close to the sound source, the pacemaker will speed up your heart a lttle in response, and you may feel a little flutter.

The same thing can happen in a car on a bumpy road. In that case the vibration is caused by bumping up and down.

In either cases, there is no danger. The sound or bumping  will not cause the pacemaker to runaway. In a fraction of a second, as soon as the vibration stops or goes below threshhold, the rate will return to normal.Speeding up for a second or two will not harm your heart. Hearts are intended to speed up and slow down.

So will the sound "interfere" with your pacemaker? Only in the same way and for the same reason that the vibration caused by performing the yogo postures "interferes."

Enjoy your sound yogo. Go for it. And enjoy feeling good enough to return to the activities you love that having a pacemaker has given you. It's entirely possible that you will feel no effects whatsoever from the sound. Many people never feel a thing. But if you do, and you don't like it, just move further away from the speakers. Problem solved.


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