Most Recent Messages in Interferences

Polar heart rate monitor

I had been using a Polar heart rate monitor for years when going to Cardiac Rehab, Now that I have a PaceMaker I have wondered if it will effect the pacemaker. The Polar transmitter is a T-31 and is strapped around the chest and transmits a signal to a wrist receiver.

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Radio Controlled Aircraft

I belong to a Radio Controlled Aircraft Club and enjoy the flying of the models and the meeting of friends, I am wondering if the transmitter will have any effect on my PM or if so is there any work around that I might try.

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Again, working in a large industrial setting

Thanks to all that replied about my inquiry about wearing a pacemaker and working in an industrial environment. I really appreciate your feedback. To add further, I have had the pacemaker for 2 years. I am 58, and have always been very active. I have played racquetball for 20 years, and still continue today. However, since the pacemaker, it has been extremely difficult. I hear of others that go about normal activities such as biking, tennis, etc, without problems. I can't help but wonder if the...

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Pacemakers and disability

I work in a paper mill. Lots of huge electric motors, control panels, welding, electronics, etc. I have been told that there are some in the paper industry that have been put on disability because of pacemakers and the proximity of the electical equipment, static electricity, etc. Does anyone know where I could get information on this. I have had a pacemaker since 2005, and am extremely fatiqued all the time. Up until then, and after the pacemaker, I was active. Now, I am simply so tired t...

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Effect of Arc welder

I am engaged in design &development of Arc welder. I would like to know the effect of arc welder on pacemaker. What is the safe distance from a welding pont or arc welder.

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The riding carts at WalMart

I have back and leg trouble already so when we went to the new Wallwqorld opening yesterday I opted for a go-cart.

About 5-10 minutes of riding I became dizzy, and I checked my pulse and it was 119.....the last time it got that high was when I was 35 and doing step aerobics! I'm usually a steady 80-86.
I could only stay there about 10 minutes before I thougt I was going to barf, and I had to be physically helped to the ladies room. Do you think the battery which was under my s...

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An iPod alert for pacemaker, ICD users

By Harvard Heart Letter
September 25, 2007

If you have a pacemaker or implanted cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), you have probably been warned not to keep a cell phone in your breast pocket or hold it near your heart.

The same rule should apply to an iPod or other portable music or video player. A study presented at the Heart Rhythm Society meeting this spring showed that a turned-on iPod held two inches away from the chest for five to 10 seconds can interfere with...

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hand held hair dryer

Have curly hair and like to have it streightened. Will hair dryers or heating irons effect my pace maker?

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Info on dangers

I've seen lots of questions on what devices are okay and not lately, I've done a project for school on pacemakers before and saw this sight so I went back to it and got the information.

This information was copied from:
http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=24

Devices that may put your pacemaker at risk
If you have an artificial pacemaker, be aware of your surroundings and the devices that may interfere with pulse generators. This list will help...

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Laser teeth whitening and hair removal

Hi all, recently I was at the dentist having a check up when we got on to talking about laser teeth whitening. Does anyone know if you can have laser treatments such as this or hair removal, eye surgery etc.. does the laser somehow interfere with the PM. Seems unlikely?
Thanks

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Drag Races

Just a question, because I'm curious.
Has anyone ever heard of possible problems from dragsters, funny cars, jet cars etc.?
I have been and never had a problem, but the question is there.
debera

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Airbag injury

Does anyone have information on airbag deployment in an automobile accident and the potential for bodily injury caused by either malfunction of the pacemaker/defibrillator or to the body because their casing?

My wife Shirley recently had these devices implanted this year and ask me.

Davidhelton1@bellsouth.net

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MRI Scan

I was at the hospital yesterday, on another problem and the specialist recommended that I went for an MRI scan. I pointed out that I had a PM and thought it was not advisable. He took a note of the make and model and thought that some types did not cause a problem.

I have a St Jude, dual chamber, and when I read the book, it says to avoid Electro Magnet Interference, EMI and lists an MRI scan as a source of EMI.

Just wondered if anybody else has any experience of MRI scans.

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name stuck

hi blake i am stuck on this site my name has been there for 24 hours and i am not on jessie

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nintendo and game boy

does anyone know if nintendo and game boys cause interfernece with the pacemaker and icd's i know awhile back there was concern over ipods. it will be helpful to know for me as i will be with my grand children three weeks in august. thanks maureen

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Prius

Does anyone here drive a Prius? I've just received a pacemaker and am a little worried about the electric motor.

Mike Greensill

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Electro-Mab Compatibility Guide from Medtronics

Medtronics mailed me a booklet "Electromagnetic Compatibility Guide".

It is a compendium of devices in the home, office, and garage, and elsewhere, which can impact your implanted device.

4 categories are:
Household Items/Hobby
Telecommunications & Office Equipment
Tools/Industrial Equipment
Medical/Dental Procedures

Their website is www.medtronic.com.
Phone line 800 551-5544, Ext 41835.

It's helpful reading.

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Bad experience on a tour.

Hi: I want to share with you a bad experience I had last week.
My wife and I were on a guided tour through Italy. For those not familiar with this, over there guides provide their "flock" with radio receivers walky-talky like, so that the guide proceeds with his/her explanations and the group gets the info even if they get mixed, as they usually do,with another crowd of tourists. I was given one of these things, hung it round my neck and we proceeded on a short slope towards the ruins of P...

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PM & Security devices

Just yesterday my cardiologist and Medtronic emploee told me again it is important not to remain in between the security pillars at the entry to retail stores.

According to them, these devices definitely do interfere with the PM operation if you remain within the field.

Do not pause when going through these security devices. Better safe than sorry when it comes to your heart & health.

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Is this my imagination?

I've had my PM 4 months and just ran into what I think is a new interference for me. My husband and I have side-by-side computers in an office in our house. I always sit at mine, and he always sits at his, and I've never had any problems with my PM while working on the computer. Today he was doing maintenance work on my computer, and 3 times during the day I sat at his computer. Each time my heart started beating erratically (pauses, then stronger faster beats, and pauses again) and my breathing...

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