PM and induction cooktop

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


5 Comments

Check with your Doc

by pacergirl - 2013-08-03 06:08:04

This question has come up before, however this is what I've found...

It affects pacemakers → Studies suggest that induction poses little risk to pacemakers, though most manufacturers still recommend that patients with pacemakers consult a cardiologist.

I'd check with your dr. on this question. I'm one of those very sensitive people so I won't be getting this type of cooktop.

Pacergirl

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by donr - 2013-08-03 06:08:19

Actually, they don't use magnets, they have a coil beneath the glass top & feed a varying current through the coil. to create a varying magnetic field. Your cookware must have special bottoms that will allow the varying magnetic field to penetrate it & generate the same varying current as in the stove coil. That heats the bottom of the pot, which cooks your food.

Now - those fields can be fairly large & MAY affect your PM. The only way to find out is to find an operating cooktop & approach it slowly & see if it affects your PM. The worst it will do is switch the PM into its "Test" mode & make you feel suddenly like they are downloading your PM. If that happens, step back & the feeling will go away.

If you can do it, use a FRONT "Burner," so you can get as close to the operating coils as possible. Start out w/ the "Burner" set to a LOW level & creep up in heating level. As you increase the level, you increase the current flow, which increases the magnetic field - hence increases the probability that it will affect you.

Hope it works for you.

Don

I use one

by Harrie - 2013-08-03 07:08:19

Hi
I rely heavily on a portable induction cooktop in my shop. Can't beat it for a quick hot chocolate or cooking syrups and jellies. The company rep initially told me not to use it, as they had no reliable knowledge of the magnetic fields they generate. So I tried an alternative electric one which was useless. Then I asked the tech at the clinic - he looked it up in the manual and gave the following advice - don't lean directly over the top of it, keep the pacemaker 60 cm from the cooktop and back off if you feel anything untoward. So I've been using it since with no problems. I have a Biotronic Evia.
Oh as to the effect - he said it wouldn't do any damage to me or the pm.
I have ceramic at home and wouldn't go out of my way to get induction, but it's irreplaceable in my shop.
Hope this helps

Thanks

by NormaLou - 2013-08-03 10:08:41

Thank you. I appreciate all of your responses.

NormaLou

Induction Cooktops...................

by Tattoo Man - 2013-08-04 06:08:35


..................or Induction Hobs as they are known in the UK,.................. as the guys above have said ,..are completely safe if used as manufacturers have advised. If you choose to switch them on and lie on it , it could be unwise, especially if you are wearing a steel, chain-mail suit of armour.

Now, broad-minded as I am..my advice to you is...make sure that the green 'ground wire' is well screwed in on the wall switch.

Poor 'grounding' may result in discolouration of your suit of armour.

Proprietary metal polishes will restore the original lustre.

We all need a hobby..

Tattoo Man

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