Battery opeated device

With a biventricular pacemaker ,the device is working all the time.I am about to buy a battery operated neck massager for a severe neck injury.Some opinion says no to this,other opinion says ok but keep away from the pacemaker by 4-6 inches.( Are manufacturers just covering themselves in case of a problem)?


Most of the stuff

by Theknotguy - 2020-06-19 15:22:38

Most of the battery operated stuff won't bother your pacemaker.  Not enough power and not a large EMF field.  Unless you have some other problems you haven't mentioned you should be able to use it.  Tens units are out though.  Some people say they've used them but you don't want to get into a situation where the tens unit sends a charge through the pacemaker.  

You can massage around the back and upper neck all you want.  Don't massage around the pacemaker or where the leads go into the heart.  

Hope your adjustment to your pacemaker goes well and you can get back to a "normal" life.

TENS units

by AgentX86 - 2020-06-19 17:18:44

Theknotguy is correct. If the neck massager is a physical massage device, it's no problem. Any TENS device is an absolute pass, including the scales that measure body fat. TENS units pass a current through the body to stimulate motor nerves. You don't want this current, or even a small fraction of it, to be picked up by your pacemaker leads and fooling the your pacemaker into doing something bad.

TENS unit

by Nan67 - 2020-06-24 09:40:30

I recently was treated by chiropractor for lower back pain. I visited 3 times and week for 3 weeks and they used  TENS on me every time....could that have caused damage to my PM?


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