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Walt Disney World Trip

Hi, just a quick question.

I have a pacemaker/defibrillator and am going to Disney World in Florida this June and was wondering if there were any rides at any of the theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom) that I needed to be worried about or shouldn't ride. 

When I go to Disneyland I ride everything except for Space Mountain because I'm not too sure if that is ok for me as well. 

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Static Electricity

We have a great deal of static electricity around our home and it is quite bothersome to my husband...he's the one with the pacemaker.  We go through Static Guard a lot and was just wondering if anyone had any other tips in decreasing the amount of static around the house???

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St. Jude Merlin@home Transmitter Vulnerability

My son gave me a heads up email on this alert this morning. I have a Medtronics device but you St. Jude people may want to read this:

https://ics-cert.us-cert.gov/advisories/ICSMA-17-009-01

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Light Bulbs, Open Electrical Outlets! Electric Lawn Mowers

Okay this first concern might not be that serious: 1) I live alone and have always changed my own lightbulbs when they burned out whether they are inside the house or on porch. Now with a PM, should I find or pay someone to do this chore? 2) Live in a fixer upper house and have a kitchen outlet pretty close to kitchen sink that needs to be sunk in properly into wall and properly covered with an outlet cover. That seems, in my mind, immediate attention-even over a leaky bac...

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Expresso coffee machines (Breville) and/or hair dryers

Any reports of hair dryer interference with a St. Jude pacemaker?    I'm trying to separate anxiety provoked pulsing from my PM with actual interference.    i.e. I was standing in the kitchen rinsing dishes when my partner fired up our vacuum cleaner in a back room and my PM started to pulse like crazy.   I finally went and sat down in the living room (as far away as I could get and everything settled within a few minutes.     I...

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High intensity light ballasts

I live in Oregon and have a company that builds greenhouses. I got my pacemaker a week ago and was just wondering... is it ok to work around 30 - 1000 watt high intensity light ballasts? Some are digital, some old fashioned magnetic, some are high pressure sodium, some Ceramic metal halide, some metal halide. If not what's a safe distace etc. ?

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Apple Shuffle .

My pacemaker (for slow beating, stopping heart) was installed November 30, 2016 and was complicated with a punctured lung when I moved slightly during the procedure.   Since anxiety is one of my major issues (no history of heart disease, under weight if anything) I have enjoyed listening to guided meditations on my Apple Shuffle, however I have seen some mention of interference from these devices and wondered if anyone has any recent information on these devices.    T...

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Industrial Electricians

New pacemaker recipient who happens to be an industrial electrician.  Only live voltage exposure is 460vac and lower with test equipment or being in a typical electrical rooms.  Need assurances from others or precautions.  Thank You for feedback

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High Voltage Substation

Hello Everyone.

I'm an electrical engineer, ICD implanted, and I occasionally go to transmission high voltage substations, rated 225 kV. I'm posting here to share experiences, to know if someone else works on Power System Grid and usually goes to substations, to higher voltage substations, what experiences you might have. From my personal experience and from litterature, typical electrical fields found in 225 kV substation (arround 6 kV/m) pose no problem to...

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Hacking

There is a worrying article in today's Times (British). It seems that some pacemakers can be hacked and disabled or worse. There is no mention of which manufacturers or models, but the devices involved are market leading and used by the British National Health Service.

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Southern Linc Radio, CB Radio, Hamm Radios,

Our business uses a Southern Linc radio, we also occasionally use a CB radio. I know that I read somewhere that we cannot use a Hamm radio, but what about the Southern Linc or CB?

 Thank you 

 

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Magnetic jewellery

Hello everyone,

I have got a pacemaker for my heartblock and was wondering if I can wear a bracelet with a magnetic clasp (no other magnets on it) to hold it together (a brilliant idea for bracelets). I think it's probably best to phone up my clinic to double check with them too...😊🙋

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Question

Hi Everyone, Can anyone tell me if it is a problem performing a test on a patient who happened to be shocked 3 times while she was having episodes of v tach. The nurse on the the floor wasn't sure if it would be a concern. I have a dual chamber pacer. I was performing an echo on the patient , but had never seen this happen other than someone being cardioverted. Thanks for your help. 

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Pacemaker

Hello, has anyone out there had any issues using an electric toothbrush?

l have had different opinions about it interfering with my pacemaker??

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Automatic emi detectors

Hi, I am new to this forum.  I'm a 41 year old guy who just had a PM implanted 2 days ago, on 11-8-2016.  I am an electrician who works around emi's frequently I read somewhere on this forum that a member purchased an emi detector that automatically sounds when you cross the emi threshold.  can anyone recommend where, or maybe provide a link to a site that offers such a device?  I know where to buy regular emi meters but the idea of the automati...

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Electric Blanket?

I had my pacemaker planted four months ago.  I am wondering if I can use an electric blanket without a problem.  I have checked the Medtronic site and they post electric blankets as "No Known Risk". However I would like the opinions from the great folks on this site. So, please, do you use an electric blanket?  Have you had any problems?  Any advice?  It is getting cold out there and I am needing my warmth!!:)

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Revitiv circulation boosters

I have leg problems and think one of these could help. They say not for people with PM's. Also had that said about Tens machine, which after consultation I use with no problem on my lower back. These you put your feet on. Anyone use one or have any info. Company would have to cover themselves.

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Working around equipment

Hi everyone,

It's been a while since my last post.

I have a Boston Scientific 2 lead pacemaker. I'm on disabilitiy but tried to do the Trial Work Period thing. Was working at Stryker Medical in the surgical decontaimination/reprocessing building for about a month and a half.

Was always feeling drained and started noticing my heart rate changing. I'm paced at 60 but resting heart rate would be in 90-100's while in the building.

Turned in my resignat...

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Working around equipment

Hi everyone,

It's been a while since my last post.

I have a Boston Scientific 2 lead pacemaker. I'm on disabilitiy but tried to do the Trial Work Period thing. Was working at Stryker Medical in the surgical decontaimination/reprocessing building for about a month and a half.

Was always feeling drained and started noticing my heart rate changing. I'm paced at 60 but resting heart rate would be in 90-100's while in the building.

Turned in my resignat...

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Minelab SDC2300 detector

Hello I am new to this club having just had my first pacemaker implanted. One of my interests is metal detecting for gold , I use a Pulse Induction type metal detector which is very good for finding gold in the highly mineralised ground close to my home. Have any other members had experience with the use of metal detectors and their pacemaker?

Mineab the manufacturer wont comment in any way. My pacemaker technitian said that she will check my detector if i bring it to next check up...

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