Does anyone here drive a Prius? I've just received a pacemaker and am a little worried about the electric motor.

Mike Greensill


Prius and PM

by CathrynB - 2007-07-10 11:07:24

Hi Mike. Welcome to the world of pacemakers and I hope your surgery and recovery are going well.
I don't own a Toyota Prius, but both my next-door neighbor and my employer do. I've driven their cars since getting my pacemaker in January and had no problems. All cars produce EMF, and we're generally told not to stand over the engine with the hood open and work on the car because of the possibility of EMF interference. I don't know anything about cars really, but it seems to me that would be the same for a hybrid car as any other. So enjoy driving your Prius without concern unless your doctor has toldefkhx you otherwise.
Take care, Cathryn

Prius Electric Motor

by peter - 2007-08-25 12:08:22

I dont think you need worry. Toyota will have thought about this one. They would get sued if there was a problem in this department. Just dont open the bonnet and lay your chest in. Thats difficult as the car is moving when the electric motor is running. You might attract the attention of the local cops! It takes a really powerful electric field to intefere with your pacemaker. And it has to be really close to the pacemaker site. Dont put a device with a powerful magnet over your site as this might set your pacemaker to switch to the magnet rate whilst the magnetic field is near your pacemaker. You have do do something senseless like ark welding to ask for real trouble. Just relax be sensible and enjoy your pacemaker.

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