Body Fat Testing Follow up

So I called Medtronic (the maker of my ICD) to see what they had to say about me using the body fat tester at the gym. They told me they don't recommend using it because it can cause the device to give an unnecessary shock. Yikes, I don't think I'm up for risking it!


Pacemakers too?

by hooimom - 2007-05-29 03:05:02

Hi Kyle,

ICD's only or Pacemakers too?


body fat testing

by CathrynB - 2007-05-29 05:05:26

Hey Kyle,
Congratulations on getting a definitive answer to your question. Since we all have different models of PM/ICDs, different diagnoses, and different things cause different side affects for individuals, your information and decision may or may not be the one everybody chooses (I agree with you, however), but it's good to know an official recommendation.
You know, there are other methods of testing body fat, too. The old-fashioned skin caliper method is not as accurate, but by testing with that method over time, you can at least accurately tell whether you're getting more or less fat. And the "dunk 'em in the water" method is supposed to be very accurate. Have you considered trying another method to find the information you want?
Take care, Cathryn


by pace1 - 2007-06-01 02:06:45

I have a Medtronic as well and we have an "Omron" bodyfat analyzer at the gym I work at and I've never had a problem. The calipers are actually a little more accurate if the person taking the measurements knows what he or she is doing.

Thanks for the info.

by StarWish624 - 2007-06-01 11:06:16

Every month I went for my body fat test. Today, I will go to the office, and have the staff pull up your information (giving a copy to me for my medical file), and help to keep them informed. Thanks Kyle0816 Barb

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