hot tub

Is it ok to use a hot tub with a pacemaker implant?  I have read several articles. For the most part these articles say it's ok but I found two that say it is not. My cardiologist told me it was ok but only to use it for 15 minutes and sit for a while prior to standing up.

Any feedback is appreciated.

Thank you

 


6 Comments

Hot tubs no problem for me

by LondonAndy - 2018-01-29 14:33:42

I use one for an hour or so at a time without problem.  This tub is at about 36C (97F).

Internet beware

by Gotrhythm - 2018-01-29 14:49:53

Not all information on the internet is equally valuable, and when it comes info about pacemakers, that goes double.

So much of what you might read is either out-dated, based on what was true 30 or 40 years ago, or just plain wrong. Pacemakers today are very well shielded from any interference. A hot tub isn't going to do anything to hurt your pacemaker.

However, there are reasons that some heart patients, with a pacemaker or not, shouldn't use a hot tub. I'd tell you to ask your cardio, but you say you've done that, and he gave you advice about how to do it safely.

I wonder why the doctor's answer didn't satisfy you.

Just for the record, I would give you the same answer the doctor did.

 

 

Never

by ROBO Pop - 2018-01-29 20:47:22

Never get into a hot tub...without a nice glass of wine. Ask TraceyE...

Whether you should go into a hot tub is not a function of your device, but your heart condition. If your Dr. says its ok go for it. Although I suppose he could be trying to drum up more business.

Spa won't affect the pacemaker

by PaulFromSydney - 2018-01-30 00:24:43

Great comments above.

I have had a spa / hot tub at home that sits at 39C year round and I use it all the time.

Never a problem

No PM problem

by gleesue - 2018-01-31 16:54:03

Last time, and I mean the last time I was in a hot tub I had no problem wit my PM. However, it put me back into A-fib. Tub was a little hot 110 degrees. I took a couple doses of 150 mg  Flecainide and went back into sinus about 14 hours later.

The problem may have been it was just too hot. I think the recommendation is 102-104 degrees.

Jerry

Thank you

by corazon - 2018-02-28 11:49:20

Thank you for your answers. I do trust my doctor but wanted to hear from pacemaker club members.

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