Confused

Hi I'm 5 days after pm fitted, and confused about the do's and don't

Microwaves mobile phones security at airport's having a drink 

Any advice 


5 Comments

Moving forward

by Greenspace - 2020-11-25 12:35:08

Hi Hamil - I hope you're feeling well.  5 days after implant is a very short time and it is likely that you will learn more about your device as you move forward.  Your PM clinic should be able to provide you information about any limitations that you may have related to the device, but it is unlikely that the average person's exposure to microwaves, mobile phones, or airport security systems would cause any problems with modern PMs.  I don't have any input to offer on the alcohol question, but wish you the best.

Welcome

by Gemita - 2020-11-25 13:20:39

Hamil,

Hi, please do not feel confused.  There won’t be too much on the list of do’s and dont's for you today.  You are a free person now that you have your pacemaker. 

I expect you have some papers from the hospital to tell you to try to avoid raising your pacemaker side arm above your shoulder, or to carry heavy shopping for example with that arm for a period of around 6 weeks. Otherwise try to keep your pacemaker side arm moving gently otherwise you may develop a painful shoulder condition.  I expect you have some wound care instructions to keep your wound dry and clean.  This would be very important to prevent any infection.

I would recommend you look after yourself and eat and rest well.  I would recommend that you take care with alcohol, especially with any medication you may be taking, or with any heart condition you may have.  If you are young and healthy and your doctor is happy for you to do so, then a safe level of alcohol is quite acceptable I am told. 

You haven’t told us very much about yourself and why you have a pacemaker, so this would be nice for us to hear so that we can help you with any questions in the future.

As Greenspace says, there are no real restrictions using mobile phones, computers, microwaves, household appliances, but if you are unclear and want to post specific items you wish to use, then please go ahead.  When I travel I tell security I have a pacemaker and they check me in personally rather than passing through any security gate.

There's lots more to tell but enough for today.  Take good care.  You will be fine

Yea

by PacedNRunning - 2020-11-26 02:52:59

Microwaves are ok. I walk through airport security like anyone else. I've flown international once. No issues. 
 

our devices today are shielded well to ignore a lot of outside noise etc. go to the manufacture site and they have a list of things that are safe and unsafe. 

do's and don't's

by Tracey_E - 2020-11-26 10:23:27

Don't ARC weld, tour a power plant, get on a scale that calculates BMI, put a rare earth magnet right over your device.

Do live your life. Newer pacers are well shielded, there is virtually nothing you'll encounter in day to day life that will hurt it.

BMI calculating scales

by AgentX86 - 2020-11-26 14:29:06

In addition to these electronic BMI calulating scales, NO TENS UNITS, either medical or, um, personal.

You know you're wired when...

Your electric tooth brush interferes with your device.

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