Hand Held Massagers and ICDs

Does anyone know if using one of those vibrating hand held massagers are safe for ICDs? Would it cause the device to incorrectly read your heart rate? I'm afraid it may pickup the vibrations as heart beats...



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by Lavender - 2022-08-03 08:48:15

If you go to the "Q" search feature on this site and type in "massager", there're a lot of discussions to read. It's a mixed bag. If it were me, I would be contacting the manufacturer of my particular device to see if it's ok.

Meanwhile, how's the swelling in your incision site-any luck in getting it to go down more? I'm sort of thinking this may be why you're considering the massage device. 


by AgentX86 - 2022-08-03 21:31:44

It's probably not  good idea to use one directly on your PM.  It probably won't hurt anything other than, perhaps, you.  I guess there is the small possibility of lead damage.  Ask your doctor. Anywhere else on the body would be fine.

Your pacemaker isn't going to think the vibrations are heartbeats but if RR is turned on, it may register them as exercise and run up your heart rate.

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by Persephone - 2022-08-07 17:58:40

Assuming you would not intentially be using this device in the area around your implant, I can't imagine that it would cause any problems for you. Hope your feeling well.

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