Digital bathroom scale safe?

Just bought a digital bathroom scale from Amazon, never realizing there would be a caution in the directions about using it if you have a pacemaker. I have a CRT-P, and this scale is just for weight, operating on two AAA batteries, not body fat or other sophisticated analysis. Anyone w similar experience have a recommendation? Thanks 


weight is ok

by Tracey_E - 2020-08-18 14:57:54

as long as it's not the kind that calculates body fat, it's fine. 

Just for weight?

by AgentX86 - 2020-08-18 15:15:42

That's fine, as long as it's not also designed to calculate BMI. The problem with the BMI calculating scales is that they pass a small current through the body, which can confuse the pacemaker"s sensing of the heartbeat. A pure scale doesn't this function.

I've used one for years,  longer than I've had a pacemaker, that uses a couple of 3225 coin cells. No problem at all.

No problems for weight

by atiras - 2020-08-19 10:51:02

I've been using one for a couple of years -- 100% PM dependent -- with no problems.

I checked before I bought it that it wouldn't attempt to measure BMI (which is done by passing a small electrical current through you -- problematic with a Pacemaker or ICD :) )

Actually, I shuldn't have said no problems. It persists in telling me I haven't lost any weight.


by WIK - 2020-08-19 20:12:55

For what it's worth, I have been using a Withings Body Cardio scale for 3-4 years, and loved it.  I sent an email to customer support at Withings last week after I had my Medtronic defibrilator implanted, and the response was that I should "deactivate" the body fat/muscle mass options, and just use it for weight and BMI (a math calculation based on my heifht and current weight).  Which I promptly did.   I also have been using a Withings BP+ blood pressure cuff, and Withings said not to use that either.   However, I contacted patient support at Medtronic, and they reported that based on my defribrilator, I could safely use that device but to deactivate those functions mentioned above on my scale.   Both products communicate electronically with the Withins app on my iPhone, and feed data in Apple Health app.   So my scale is now pretty basic, but at least I don't have to buy a new one, or a new BP cuff.   Hope this helps for context!

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