Most Recent Messages in Interferences

Welding

Wondering if anyone out there is a welder and if they are still able to work with a PM. My husband may need one but is afraid he will have to change carrers at 57.

 

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Defribrillator

I recently posted a question about my 2017 new Durango.  I have a Defibrillator not a Pacemaker as I had said.  I hear the ICD is more sensitive to EMI than the Pacemaker.  Will the 7 or more hidden antennaes harm my ICD?  I am afraid to drive this highly electronic SUV do to all the toys that come with it (smart keyfob and so many electronics.  This is a serious question.  I'm thinking of taking it back to the dealer.  I'd like to hear from people w...

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Anyone took MRI with MRI proof Pacemaker

Hi,

I have a Dual lead Medtronic PM installed 2.5 years back. It says its MRI Surescan and my EP said I am OK to get an MRI . Now I have to get MRI for my knee and just wondering if anyone with a MRI Surescan went through an actual MRI before and what's the experience like?

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new car electronics

Will my new 2107 Dodge Durango harm my pacemaker.  It's filled with electronics

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electric car charging

The public charging points for electric cars warn pacemaker users to stay at least 2 metres away when charging the car.

Is this realistic?

Should I be concerned as to having a home fast charger (BMW make one) for their BMW i3?

I have asked the garage and they do not seem to be able to come up with an answer.

Any help, please?

Thanks,  Selwyn. 

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Pacemaker interference HELP

I'm 23 I got my pacemaker implanted in September. The four months that have passed since getting it have basically been a breeze once I adjusted. Earlier today I rode with my husband to town. He was trying to put a radio in our car, and hooked up 2 speakers to the radio to test them out. He put them in the passenger side floor board at my feet while we went to town. On the way home I started feeling really bad, I was really dizzy. Once we got home, I was so weak and dizzy he had to help m...

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Wireless gizmos

Hello,

Does anyone have their pacemaker go crazy if cell phone or wireless computer is close?  I notice it go weird and I cough and also if I lean in towards computer it feels like my right breast is being stabbed.  The pacemaker is on that side.  Am I crazy or what?

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Infrared Sauna

Does anyone have experience with Infrared saunas?

 

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I'm new to this.

Hi everyone, I had my pacemaker fitted last week and I'm excited to have it but unclear about some things. This may seem a very silly question, it's about weighing scales. My hospital gave me a copy of Boston Scuentific, Pacemaker Therapy. It contains do's and don'ts. It says not to use body fat measuring scales. As I'm a Slimming World attendee I'm concerned about their scales. Also, at home I have Salter BMI Computer scales which I use regularly to weigh myself. Anyo...

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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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You play MP3 files on your pacer.

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