Heating pads

Does anyone know if it's OK to lay down on a heating pad for approximately 20 minutes at a time if you have a PM implanted
in the left chest pocket just below the skin? Will the electrical
field that produces the heat cause any damage to the PM or
the settings. I have the habit of using it when I feel like I'm coming down with a chest cold or get the chills?
Thanks, Surferman


Thanks to

by Surferman - 2007-11-13 02:11:44

Carol and Swilson for your answers to my question.
I'll feel better about using it. I value your input.
Have a great rest of the week. Surferman

No problems here....

by swilson10 - 2007-11-13 12:11:33

I too have used my heating pad on a regular basis for chronic back pain and have had no problems. I have a St. Jude model. Hope your feeling better soon.

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by Carol - 2007-11-13 12:11:36

Hi Surferman!
I have a Medtronic Sensia Dual Chamber Pacer, and I use an electric heating pad on my back routinely without any problems whatsoever. In fact I use it almost every night. The booklet I received with my Pacer listed heating pads as "safe to use". I haven't used it over the PM site (felt a little nervous about that), but when my left shoulder joint was sore I used one of those rice/flax seed pads that you warm in the microwave with good results. Hope this helps and Happy Holidays, Be well, Carol

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by Carol - 2007-11-13 12:11:55

Meant to add this- my PM is implanted under the muscle on the left side...don't know if that makes any difference or not, but I would doubt that it does. Carol

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