Spa / Hot Tub Use

I have severe scoliosis so my spa / hot tub is truly therapeutic. My pacemaker was implanted on Dec. 17, 2019. How soon has anyone used their spa / hot tub, for how long at one time and at what temperature. My main concern is regarding the electric pump I sit directly above. Thanks Much for any and all help. Blessings to you.  Cissy


5 Comments

NO Don't Do It!!!

by Swangirl - 2020-01-30 17:13:34

My DR cautioned me repeatedly against hot tubs, ponds, pools, lakes, etc., for 8 weeks at least.  Apparently even if your incision looks healed it may not be completely tight and the risk of infection in these places is quite high.  

Motor

by AgentX86 - 2020-01-30 23:22:18

The motor won't be a problem but it's too soon to get in the water, particularly a hot tub.  Infections are deadly serious.  Don't go there. 

Also, talk with your cadiologist/EP.  The heat may not be good for you and he may want to limit the temperature.  Heart patients often have trouble with their core temperature.  It gets dangerous because the more heat your body tries to get rid of, the faster it gains.

Hot tubs

by Selwyn - 2020-01-31 11:07:27

Public hot tubs are merely bacterial soups.

(https://earth4human.wordpress.com/2017/12/08/spas-hot-tubs-pools-how-infections-and-disease-risks-occur/)

A private hot tub is all your own affair.

The pump/motor/jets are not a problem.

Six weeks is usually given as the time to keep the wound from getting soaked. Personally, I think this depends on your own wound healing rate ( it slows down as you get older). I would not want to soak a wound that still has scabs. ( crusts).

You should be fine to have a soak once you are happy your wound is well healed.

The temperature is not important.  Last year I 'enjoyed' a wood sauna in Finland and a plunge into an icy lake! ( please see further posting for an expansion on this)

Temperature

by AgentX86 - 2020-01-31 11:36:32

Temperature certainly IS important. An elevated core temperature is dangerous, particularly to those of us with heart problems. If the water exceeds the body's core temperature, it WILL increase. Sweating can't help and, in fact makes things worse.  Blood flow to the surface will increase to try to shed heat, which will only make it worse. Air (saunas) are somewhat better si certainly sweat still carries off at least some heat, less the higher the temperature. Water temperatures above 100F/38C give or take a couple are dangerous for heart patients. If you insist on playing roulette,  clear it with your doctors, don't bathe alone, and DO NOT mix with alcohol.

<https://health.clevelandclinic.org/hot-tubs-can-land-your-heart-in-hot-water/>

Temperature

by Selwyn - 2020-02-03 11:36:07

Agent X86 is correct in that anyone with   severe heart failure,  severe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, severe angina,  or an arrhythmia with onset due to an increased heart rate could be at risk if they let their core temperature rise significantly as this will cause a hyperdynamic circulation.  Dehydration will increase the risk of a blood clot ( thrombosis).

Very cold water immersion can lead to cardiac arrhythmias.

Common sense applies. If you are feeling uncomfortable, then that is unwise. Here in the UK baths are common, and in winter, a hot bath is both warming, relaxing, and will help musculoskeletal  aches and pains, as will heat pads. 

What I did mean was that temperature per se is not going to affect your pacemaker,Cissy. 

Should you have such medical conditions as mentioned above, then medical advice should be sought. 

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