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Hello all:

I got a Biotronik dual chamber pacemaker implant last Thursday (March 2nd) and I'm still getting familiar with all the does and don'ts of living with it. 

What I'm confused about here is the power tool restrictions, mainly gas powered ones.  We live on 2 1/2 acres of trees, brush, rocks, critters ( well, you get the picture).  I have a gas powered weed whacker, 2 gas powered chain saws, a gas powered pole saw and a multitude of electric power tools that, for me, are necessary to keep the place clean and fire safe ( we live in SoCal.)

All of these are now either restricted use or not at all, according to the literature.  Does anyone in this forum have experience with all this since you got your pacemaker(s)?  Any help will be greatly appreciated. 



probably ok

by Tracey_E - 2023-03-07 13:26:11

Verify with your doctor, but many of us use any and all of those without issue.

If we use something with a large battery, such as a generator, just keep your device 6" from it. Which normally isn't an issue because I'm not in the habit of hugging my generator. (tho I do sometimes feel that way firing it up after a hurricane!)

If you pace with rate response, your rate may go up when you use something with a lot of vibration. This is harmless, just feels weird so be aware that's what is causing it.

Once we heal, there is very little we can't do. I've always been told to live my life and forget it's there. 

Difference strokes?

by Lavender - 2023-03-07 13:27:38

I have a Boston Scientific. I use an electric chainsaw, and other power hand tools. I ride the lawnmower. I just keep everything away from my pacemaker. I haven't used any gas powered stuff because I don't own any🀣

You could call your pacemaker manufacturer with specific questions about tools. Maybe the literature is out dated. 

You are amazing! You haven't even had your device a week and are already focused on getting work done! Good for you! Mental attitude goes a long way in the healing process!πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

Power tools

by AgentX86 - 2023-03-07 15:48:22

As Tracey said, you're probably OK but don't take what you hear here as being the final word.  For some reason your EP may be particularly concerned about some danger, in your case.  Always ask your doctors about restrictions.

My EP told me in no uncertain terms (i.e. told my wife) that I wasn't to use a riding lawn mower or any such tool that has a battery start system (hence an alternator).  He also added working on my car with the engine running (again, the alternator). All of that was fine with me.  I stopped working on my cars as soon as I could afford not to πŸ˜‰ and now I'd no longer have to mow the lawn. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

Gas weed wackers, blowers, except backpack style (too close), chain saws or anything like that was fine. They not only don't have an alternator but are held at arm's length so there was only a miniscule chance of interference.

The concern was that the rotating magnetic field would induce a current in my leads, causing over-sensing.  Since I'm dependent with no escape, the chances of something going wrong were too high.

I haven't met others with thie restrictions so it's important that you understand any restrictions.

Power tools

by Old male - 2023-03-07 16:22:16

Have used chain saws, trimmers,  blowers and riding mower for past 9 years without problems. Try to keep at least 12" distance on the hand tools.  On riding mower device is 2-3' from engine. No problems. 


by AgentX86 - 2023-03-07 18:00:20

Just to add, I was using a chain saw yesterday with no problems. I don't like chain saws but I wanted the wood. πŸ˜‰

Riding a lawn tractor, you're essentiallly sitting on top of the alternator.  Still, there is little chance of anything going wrong but in my csse, if anything goes wrong it will be really wrong. The point remains is what is good for one person, particularly anecdotal, isn't necessarily good advice for another. Ask your doctors about any restrictions.

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