cell phone

I noticed this posting about IPods....which led me to wonder how many people with pm's use cell phones, and do you notice anything happening good, bad or indifferent! I have been told to not use them at all, and if I have too then for a very short time, and to not use the same ear as the side my pm is on.

Suzzy


6 Comments

cell phone

by Shell - 2007-05-11 02:05:15

I have a cell phone havr no problem on using it. I use it on the opposite side as my pacemaker but that's it. I don't limit how long I'm on it.

cell phone w/PM

by CathrynB - 2007-05-11 09:05:48

Hi Suzzy. When I got my PM 3 months ago my EP told me to only use the cell phone on my right ear, to keep it at least 6 inches from my PM. I'm right-handed, so often take notes, write down phone #s left in messages, etc, so that's inconvenient to hold the cell in my right hand. On numerous occasions I forgot and used my left hand and ear anyway, and I've had no problem or interference. I asked my EP about it recently, and he said there haven't actually been documented cases of problems with cell phones and PMs in the United States, but Great Britain, and I think one other place, had a small number of documented problems. I have 3 children and a husband, so I talk on my cell phone many hundreds of minutes every month. So now I'm ignoring the advice, but I'm NOT urging anyone else to do that. Talk to your EP and decide for yourself. Take care all, Cathryn

IPods

by auntiesamm - 2007-05-12 04:05:05

Hi Suzzy, Just this morning I read the article in our newspaper about IPods effecting pacemakers. I was highly offended at the end of the article when it stated that most people with pacemakers would not be the ones using IPods. Does it mean that we are old or does it mean we are all so infirm we can't? I was highly offended by the statement and believe I will write an opinion letter to the newspaper. I LOVE to write emails and letters when something irritates or offends me. Responses have been very interesting! My husband tells me I have too much spare time on my hands! I will be watching the media for more info on the IPod vs Pacemaker news and look for some proof to what is stated. Take care and have a great weekend!
Sharon

No problems

by Suze - 2007-05-12 10:05:58

I use my cell phone (in both ears) and never have had a problem.
I was told after they implanted my PM just not to put anything electronic/magnetic right against my device (like in a pocket).

Cell Phones

by lady4law - 2007-05-12 12:05:20

My doctor said it should not cause a problem but if I was still concerned to use my right ear. (PM is on my left side). Previously I used my left ear. However, force of habit, I continue to use my left ear without issue. If it still bothers you, why not try a wired ear adapter, not the wireless one, and keep your phone in your pocket?

cell phone

by shorts1800 - 2007-12-21 02:12:54

cell phones are no problem unkess you can't handle it. i think that cell phones are very nice. cel phones are out of this world.

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