Alpha Stim

Hi All, 

I have the Biotronik Eluna 8 pacemakser and Mri resitant leads. I cannot find information if my device is competable with the ‘Alpha Stim’. I want to use the Alpha Stim for the depression, anxiety and sleep problems I have. I already contacted Biotronik. I received the standard leaflet. The Alpha Stim is not on there.

On the site the following warning can be found:

Alpha-Stim may affect the operation of implanted demand type cardiac pacemakers and implanted defibrillators. Do not stimulate directly on the eyes, or press the probes over the carotid sinus (on the neck near the larynx).

Doe any of you know what a ‘demand type’ pacemaker is? 



Alpha Stim

by Essexkiwi - 2017-11-09 08:35:24

Considering that his device comes with a specific warning for users of demand-type cardiac pacemakers, I'd say it's a pretty clear no.

Regarding what a demand type pacemaker is, it's one that monitors your heart and sends a pulse when needed i.e. 'on demand'.  Your Eluna 8 product specifications state that it supplies on-demand ventricular pacing, so yep, it's a demand type pacemaker.

If that's not enough to dissuade you from giving this Alpha Stim thing a go, I'd absolutely urge you to get proper qualified medical advice from your cardiologist or GP first.  



by Hartje5 - 2017-11-11 13:34:25

That is not what I wanted to hear ;-). I have some questions though. How is it possible that my pacemaker is MRI resistant but can’t handle a tiny apparatus like the alpha stim? 

I’ve read that even a TENS machine (for pain) can be safely used with pacemakers as long as the electrodes are used away from the chest area. 

Doe anyone have experience undergoing rTMS treatment with a pacemaker? 


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