Most Recent Messages in Interferences

technical question for you

Hi, I recently started doing a different function at work in Controlled Environmental Vaults. They contain banks of batteries (like 48 marine batteries on a big rack), invertor, rectifier, equipment usually against one wall. The CEV is basically a room with all types of telecommunications equipment.
Since I'm only paced 9% of the time, I thought it wouldn't bother my PM to be by this stuff part of the day; do you think I'm right? When I'm troubleshooting a circuit, I try to stay away fro...

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Metal Detectors

So I went through the whole pat-down thing at airports for years but got tired of all the hassle and eventually just tried going through the metal detector without mentioning my pacemaker. It didn't beep, so I asked my doctor about it at my next visit and he said that it wasn't a problem. He simply noted that it only faced interference during the moment you pass through, but afterward it was not affected in any way. That said, I have gone through the metal detectors every time at airports, co...

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acupuncture with electric current

I've begun treatment with a chiropractor who also uses an electric stimulus device on acupressure points on my earlobes to reduce pain from a pinched nerve. He uses the device on one earlobe at a time. I am concerned about possible interference to my medtronic dual-lead pacemaker and wondered if anyone has information that might be helpful. I appreciate your help.

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Wind turbines

Has anyone had the experience of pacemaker disturbance when near a wind turbine? Our local hotel has one and I have to drive past quite often. At night especially I freqyuently experience a faster heart rate and thumping that is almost painful when I drive past. It takes a couple of minutes to settle down. I don't think i am imagining it, as even when we are absorbed in conversation and I don't note that we are near it, I will still feel the discomfort. I can't find anything by searching th...

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wireless computer

Has anyone heard of any problems with lap-tops running on battery and with a wireless connection causing any problems.
I was sitting with mine on my lap last night and felt an unusual hot flushing feeling on the side of my implant and up into my neck and face. Perhaps it was just coincidence?
Went away after I stopped using the lap top on battery.
The little wireless connection is on the same side as the pm.
Lizzie

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A little disturbing.......

Hi everyone,

It's been a long time since I posted.

Was in to the Pacemaker Clinic on Wednesday and the printout revealed that my pacemaker had 'stopped' three times (for short periods) last August.

My Cardiologist looked very concerned, I'm 100% PM dependent, and asked 'where were you last August that had a very strong magnetic field?'

Guess he was going to tell me to stay away but the only thing I could think of was that I was at that Hospital having...

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Nintendo WII

Hi, all...I just got a call today from my sister-in-law who works in a nursing home. She stated that they received a letter warning any of their residents with pacemakers not to play a Nintendo WII due to interferences with the pacemaker. Has anyone else heard of this? I know the controllers and such are all wireless, and maybe they have quite a strong frequency? Just wondering, as we have a WII at the Personal Care Home I work at!

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Clip on pedometers

Do clip on pedometers with a lithium battery affect the PM? I have a Sportline 350 step counter and wonder if it is safe...If unsafe how do they affect a PM?

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Body Fat Monitor Scales

So I've had my pacemaker for about 7 months...no problems. I just reviewed closely then ordered a new body fat monitor w/ scale. I open it up when it arrives all excited about my new toy when I see this big fat warning that those with PMs shouldn't use it. Called Medtronic, they agreed. However I've seen comments on here that it's ok...just a cya type precaution. What do you think? Do I have to send it back? Can I just use the weight function and not the body fat part? I had one before t...

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Theraputic Ultrsound

Does anyone have any information on the corelation between using ntheraputic ultrasound in our occupation as Physical Therapists for over 30 years, and the need for having a pacemaker implANTED IN MY WIFE AND MYSELF WITHIN ONE YEAR of eachother. We were both physical therapists working together!

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liteppie@yahoo.com

Does anyone have any information on the effect of cell tower radio frequencies on pacemakers? liteppie

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pacemaker leads

the advisory posted march 20 1998 on the fda website is a good read . it tell about digital tv transmission and medical telemetry systems. i am sure that medical telemetry systems can withstand more outside digital interference than a mere set of pm leads or for that matter a pm itself.

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digital signals

im trying to find out if anyone has ever heard of digital signals penetrating pacemaker leads and having adverse affects on a heart

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DIATHERMY

Can anyone tell me about the possible interferences between the pacemaker and the diathermy used during surgical operations? Thank you.

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Pacemaker info...

I was wondering if anyone knows if "lightening" that usually happens with a thunder storm interferes with pacemakers? My mother is the one with the pacemaker and that came just before her stroke! Her speech is what is impaired the worse so I can't ask her. I would appreiciate any help or info. on this topic...
Thanks!

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Visit to the dentist

Hi everyone, just got back from the dentist where I had a wash & brush up with the hygienist who would not use the sonic cleaner because I have a pacemaker. I have read on the Medtronic site that it is OK to use the sonic probe.

I know older models of pacer did not have the level of protection of modern pacers so could be affected by these things.

How many of you out there have been to the dentist lately and what if any was your experience of the sonic cleaning equipment.

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My cardologist's take on it.

I ask the cardio during the checkup about having laser eye surgery. Both he and the Medtronics rep said no problem. Then they got to kidding around about warning some dear old soul not to use an arc welder! They were is a good mood today.

I mentioned some of the things I have been around such as ham radio transmitters, car engines, hand power tools, etc. and the Medtronic rep said it wasn't an issue. They have done a lot to filter out this sort of interference. The only other thing th...

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weird shock lll

The weird shocking my dad was experiencing suddenly stopped. No changes in activity of any sort, just shock-free. WEIRD

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Please list things that have interfered

I am interested in what instruments/environments encountered in daily living you have found interfered with your pacemaker...I have had three different episodes of sudden PVC's and unwellness while in the hardware(heaters) /automotive sections (tires). I am thinking maybe there were large magnets close by...Also..I read somewhere that a standard plug in dremel cannot be used anymore...Apparently there is a new rechargeable type..opinions? Thanks...Cathy

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electric toothbrush

Hi All

Does anyone use an electric toothbrush? I was using one for a while and wondered why my heart always jumped about while brushing my teeth - I then realised it could be the toothbrush interfering with my pacer. I hate using a manual brush but am a bit concerned now, are electric toothbrushes safe to use?

thanks

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Member Quotes

Hi, I am 47 and have had a pacemaker for 7 months and I’m doing great with it.