A little disturbing.......

Hi everyone,

It's been a long time since I posted.

Was in to the Pacemaker Clinic on Wednesday and the printout revealed that my pacemaker had 'stopped' three times (for short periods) last August.

My Cardiologist looked very concerned, I'm 100% PM dependent, and asked 'where were you last August that had a very strong magnetic field?'

Guess he was going to tell me to stay away but the only thing I could think of was that I was at that Hospital having scans/tests, as they thought I had Gall Bladder/Common Bile Duct cancer.

I told him that maybe I was too close to one of their MRI machines while waiting for my CAT scans.

Now, I was so surprised that it 'stopped', that I didn't think to ask any questions.....kind of gobsmacked if you know what I mean.

Apparently, it was some sort of 'sound' interference but he looked worried and started talking about adding the third lead to my pacemaker, reassessing my hearts' function at my next appointment etc.

I've had time to think about it and am both perplexed and worried.

Can anyone shed any light on this for me?

I thought these 'cadillac' pacemakers were supposed to work very, very well. I'm so rattled, I can't recall the kind I have....but it was 'cutting edge' a year ago April.


Bionic Beat


Just did a search......

by Bionic Beat - 2009-06-28 05:06:39

It's a Medtronics InSync 3.

Doesn't sound like it was InSync!!!

Very concerned.....don't need this 'stuff'.

Bionic Beat

magnetic field

by pokey1 - 2009-06-29 04:06:36

i posted once before on this subject, however the responses i recieved to my posting seemed to discount my concerns which i istill have. you may be experiencing something that your pm clinic can fix and you will have no more problems, which is usually the case. i on the other hand, and this is by no means sugjesting that this has a thing to do with your situation. i called the cdc today and i find out that the fda and the fcc are at an impass as to which agency is going to take the blame for the big switch from analog signal to digital signal. it would seem that there have been, reported instances of ill effects on wildlife insects birds and people who are hypersensitive to the digital signals. there are also reports of problems with telemetry systems, pacemackers and pm leads my wife has leads only left in her ,but an article published by the fda, claims it can effect even those. again i am not sugjesting this to be your situation, however i feel it is worth considering.i wish you a very swift resolve.

Pokey 1

by Bionic Beat - 2009-07-04 09:07:02

Thanks very much for your reply.

My Doc feels that this type of pacer should be 'well shielded' and was both shocked and disturbed about it cutting out.

Not as shocked as I!!

I've since had a 'terrible turn', 4 days after they checked my pacemaker.

Not sure if there's a connection or not but my GP wants me to report it, as he felt it was a type of heatstroke and that my pacemaker may have failed to keep up as my temperature rose.

I thought I was about to stroke or lose consciousness, so armed with his support, I'll be calling the PM Clinic as soon as I have time for a return visit.

I'd go in a flash, except that I'm taking care of my Hubby who is very ill and starting radiation therapy on Monday.

Ain't life grand? lol

Thanks again.

Bionic Beat

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