ICD Safety

Just had a Gallant DR ICD implanted from  Abbott Labs. I am concerned about EMI (Electro Magnetic Interference) effect on my device from mototcycle riding.

Does anyone have any info on this subject?


4 Comments

Motor cycling

by piglet22 - 2023-12-19 04:45:28

Apart from the activity itself, I can't think of anything in particular that might cause a problem.

You already know that being on two wheels at speed is hazardous and I would be more worried about the prospect of the device firing while riding.

If you did have an accident with your device there could be more significant consequences than normal.

I only use pedal power but one fall put the end of the handlebar into my chest.

Luckily, it was the right side not the left where the pacemaker is. Nearly five years on, I still have the blood clot.

As for EMI hazards, if it's a new bike it should be safe

 Obvious things like mobile phones in jacket pockets, Bluetooth earpieces are small but possible sources

 Wired connections would be better.

Take care.

not a problem

by Tracey_E - 2023-12-19 08:56:22

Magnets have to be very strong and less than 6" from the device in order to cause a problem.

If you pace with rate response, it's possible the vibrations will trick it into thinking you are working out and will raise your rate. Annoying but harmless, just be aware that's what it is if you feel racy. 

The list of things we can't do is extremely short. I've always been told to live my life. 

Driving with an ICD

by Selwyn - 2023-12-19 12:35:16

In the UK it is a criminal offence not to inform the DVLA of your medical condition, especially if the ICD was implanted for a blackout or arrhythmia.  It is up to the DVLA to decide on your risk. Your insurers would take a dim view if you had an accident and are not likely to cover you for third party liability if you had not informed the DVLA and them. 

There is usually a 6 month wait to see if you have a 'shock' or after any 'shock'.

I personally think if is really dangerous to ride a motor cycle if you have the need for a defibrillator. 

I once knew a man ( owner of a pharmacy)  who was beheaded  in his accident on the UK motorway when he blacked out driving  and had a myocardial infarct. 

I think the moral behind the story is to use your head and realise what the consequences could be in the event of a 'shock' whilst in control of a lethal machine. 

( Just to be clear this refers to ICDs and not pacemakers).

Never had an issue..

by USMC-Pacer - 2023-12-19 23:18:57

I ride thousands of miles a year without problems. Enjoy the wind therapy! 

You know you're wired when...

You have a $50,000 chest.

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