Going to a theme park for the first time since getting pacemaker

I'm going to universal studios Florida for the first time since getting my pacemaker. I contacted Boston scientific and they told me I can't ride roller coasters or anything that go against gravity. I'm good physically to ride anything I just was curious if there's any other types of rides that would affect my device such a motion simulators. Thanks!


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theme parks

by Tracey_E - 2024-03-11 13:07:38

If your leads are well established (over a year old), I'm surprised Boston would say no coasters at all. Generally we just need to avoid ones with magnetic brakes. And I'll admit, I've done a few with magnetic brakes. At Universal, Hulk and Rip Ride Rocket are the only ones I haven't ridden, more because I don't want to go upside down than because I'm worried about the pacer. I live close enough to have had annual passes when my kids were still at home. Disney, too, if you have questions about those rides. 

Depending on your placement, the straps on some rides such as Forbidden Journey may put pressure on your box. It's harmless, just be aware it might be uncomfortable. 

If you have rate response turned on, bumpy rides will make your rate go up. Also harmless, just be aware. 

Hagrids is magnetic brakes and pushing things with its fast starts/stops (all done by magnetic brakes) but I've ridden it multiple times and felt fine. I pace every beat so am confident that it didn't interfere. It's my favorite ride there.

If it's been less than a year, then follow that advice for sure. If longer than that, I would double check with your doctor if you need to be that cautious. It's a CYA world so manufacturers tend to be overly cautious.  I've been paced almost 30 years so nothing new to jostle, have nothing wrong other than electrical issues, and my doctor is pretty liberal, so he's ok with me doing what I want and I ride the rides with his blessing. 

security

by Tracey_E - 2024-03-11 13:09:19

When they have security at the entrance, just walk on through. I don't say anything. 

Tron possibly disabled my respiratory sensor

by JaneJ - 2024-03-11 23:49:36

I am also surprised boston told you no roller coasters....I have a boston device also.  I did have my respiratory sensor disabled right after riding tron at Disney.  It's a pretty intense ride.  They noticed the date and time on my remote check and called me to ask me if I remembered what I was doing that day, and sure enough, it was when we were at Magic Kingdom.  Could be a coincidence also though...who knows 🤣!  Have a fun trip!

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