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pacemaker

My husaband had had a hip replacement, brain operation after being beaten 38x in thehead with a steal baseball bat.(They did not think he would wake up after surgery). He was awaiting back surgery & the police picked him up on suspicion of bank robbery, running a& jumping 8 ft. fence.(totally incapable). I called the institution & told them he is on 800 mg. of morphine a day if you cut him off he has several aneurysms(sitting in several places),he'll have a heart attack, aneurysm or die. He had...

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should i get a tattoo?

hello. ok, so i just found this website and it looks helpful. heres the deal, i want to get a tattoo on the side of my neck, right behind my ear. i already have one on my hip. but ive been reading all these things and its making me question whether i should do it or not. when i got the one on my hip it was a homeade gun n my friends garage. its a tiny paw print about 4-5inches and it hurt like HELL! it felt like my pacemaker kept shocking me and i was freaking out, my friends lil brother had to...

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Random pains!

Heyy!
emm ok this may sound weird but...
when i was in class the other day my PM (i think it was my pm anyway) started to hurt. It's happened a couple of times and its soo random nothing around me changes jjust pain inside and a kinda hollow feeling!
I shouldn't need a new PM till next sep. but i'm kinda worried.
I had my PM checked this year soo yea =]
thaks!
Loving This Site!! =D

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Home theaters

I've just been given...lucky me...a surround sound home theater system. My question is, are the magnets in theses high end speakers going to affect my pacemaker?

Mike Greensill

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Pacers & Rollercoasters

Hi everyone!

I'm 19 and I've had a pacermaker for the past 13 years. I'm like 90%+ dependent. I've never had any problems before but I do have a question about rollercoasters. We've always been so busy that theme parks just got pushed to the side or something weird happens (one time we went it basically rained us out and the next father got really sick- long story there) and family vacations went to mountains, beaches, or road trips.

I was just wondering what everyone's...

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Don't for get magnetic Hemitite

I was very saddened to hear that working with or even wearing magnetic hematite could interfere with my pacemaker/defibrillator. Some of those magnets are pretty strong. Not sure about magnetic clasps on some necklaces and bracelets.

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arc welding

I'm told that I must discontune using my arc welder, My pacemaker was installed yesterday. Is the problem the machine or the arc? Can a I just do welding some distance fom the machine? How about all my electric drills and grinders? Some of them plug into the wall. Some are battery powered. Is there some kind of protective clothing like that apron the dentst throws over my lap when making an xray. As a metal smith,I can make a lead vest. Or buy a suit of medieval armor. Help! I am not ready to gi...

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reveal

just had a reveal put in on wed ,, hospital gave me no informations what so ever so any help would be appreciated

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Very Large Electric Motors

Hi All, day 2 with my PM. Very glad to find this site. I work in a refinery and besides the many hazards for anyone working there, I have concerns about being around some of the large electric motors used to drive some of our pumps. Some are as large as a small car and are upwards of 1200 - 5000hp. I also have concerns about entering what is called an MCC room. Mechanical Control Center. This is where all of the electrical breakers for plant equipment are. All different voltages up to 2300kva. I...

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How would I know?

I've had my PM for 8+ months now and I'm wondering how would I know (how would I feel) if something were interfering with my pacemaker? For example, I gave blood today and apparently there is a machine they are supposed to turn off while I'm in the room. If that didn't happen, how would I know or what would I expect to feel?

ADC

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Lawn Mowers

Well, we found out that a John Deere Zero turn riding mower is a big no no! Monday hubby went out to cut some grass, figured a riding mower was nice and easy, no problems.

He was on that thing from about 9 am to 2 pm, got lots of grass cut. Got off, felt bad. Figured it was the heat.

Had a check up the next day. They asked him what he did yesterday from 9 am to 2 pm. He played dumb for some reason. Oh nothing, just tinkering around. They replied with;
Well what...

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exercise bikes

Hi Everyone,
just over 1 week since implant and that side of things going really well. However, been back into hospital with acute lower back and leg pain. (canal stenosis). Back out again today.

I have been told that an exercise bike (not recumbant) is the best form of exercise for this.
Went to the shops and all the bikes are magnetic drag. They all create a magnetic field when you pedal them.
Any thoughts or advice appreciated.
There must be exercise bikes that...

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electrical stimulation

I was wondering if with pacemaker you are allowed to have the electical stimulation that they use when they do physical therapy? I am a bit confused because I know you cant use a TENS unit, is that considered the same thing?

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Kindle

Does anyone know if the Kindle is okay to use without it interferring? Also any other thoughts on interferences as I am knew at owning a pacer. It was put in in March and I am still not strong. My pacer deals with slow beats but my fast beats are the problem. I do so love all the learning I have gained from all of you. You are so supportive.

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Whole Body Imaging at the airport

I flew out of Salt Lake City today and they have the new whole body imaging technology at security. They still have the regular metal detectors in most of their lines, they sent me to the line with the new millimeter wave machine when I said I had a pm. They politely answered all my questions then left it up to me if I wanted to walk through it or have the pat down. The scan takes less than two seconds, I was on my way in about ten seconds. Even with the time I spent asking them questions, I was...

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technical question for you

Hi, I recently started doing a different function at work in Controlled Environmental Vaults. They contain banks of batteries (like 48 marine batteries on a big rack), invertor, rectifier, equipment usually against one wall. The CEV is basically a room with all types of telecommunications equipment.
Since I'm only paced 9% of the time, I thought it wouldn't bother my PM to be by this stuff part of the day; do you think I'm right? When I'm troubleshooting a circuit, I try to stay away fro...

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Metal Detectors

So I went through the whole pat-down thing at airports for years but got tired of all the hassle and eventually just tried going through the metal detector without mentioning my pacemaker. It didn't beep, so I asked my doctor about it at my next visit and he said that it wasn't a problem. He simply noted that it only faced interference during the moment you pass through, but afterward it was not affected in any way. That said, I have gone through the metal detectors every time at airports, co...

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acupuncture with electric current

I've begun treatment with a chiropractor who also uses an electric stimulus device on acupressure points on my earlobes to reduce pain from a pinched nerve. He uses the device on one earlobe at a time. I am concerned about possible interference to my medtronic dual-lead pacemaker and wondered if anyone has information that might be helpful. I appreciate your help.

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Wind turbines

Has anyone had the experience of pacemaker disturbance when near a wind turbine? Our local hotel has one and I have to drive past quite often. At night especially I freqyuently experience a faster heart rate and thumping that is almost painful when I drive past. It takes a couple of minutes to settle down. I don't think i am imagining it, as even when we are absorbed in conversation and I don't note that we are near it, I will still feel the discomfort. I can't find anything by searching th...

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wireless computer

Has anyone heard of any problems with lap-tops running on battery and with a wireless connection causing any problems.
I was sitting with mine on my lap last night and felt an unusual hot flushing feeling on the side of my implant and up into my neck and face. Perhaps it was just coincidence?
Went away after I stopped using the lap top on battery.
The little wireless connection is on the same side as the pm.
Lizzie

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