some info for you ICDers

i will be having surgery shortly and thought this might interest the people who are implanted with the dual pacemaker/defibrillator.

normally they turn off the defib. for surgery with the magic magnet and i was curious if this also affected the pacemaker.
i called up St. Jude, my implant, and they informed me that it will not affect the pacemaker. just one less thing to worry about that i thought i'd share.

just one last note: i must say it certainly woke me up reading all of those capitalized words this morning. never a dull moment


1 Comments

not always

by markjbaker - 2009-02-09 02:02:35

Sadly, this is not always the case. There are documented occasions when use of the magnet has put an ICD into EOL mode. Best to get the ICD checked after the use of a magnet.


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