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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?

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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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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...

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Nintendo WII

Hi, all...I just got a call today from my sister-in-law who works in a nursing home. She stated that they received a letter warning any of their residents with pacemakers not to play a Nintendo WII due to interferences with the pacemaker. Has anyone else heard of this? I know the controllers and such are all wireless, and maybe they have quite a strong frequency? Just wondering, as we have a WII at the Personal Care Home I work at!

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Clip on pedometers

Do clip on pedometers with a lithium battery affect the PM? I have a Sportline 350 step counter and wonder if it is safe...If unsafe how do they affect a PM?

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Body Fat Monitor Scales

So I've had my pacemaker for about 7 months...no problems. I just reviewed closely then ordered a new body fat monitor w/ scale. I open it up when it arrives all excited about my new toy when I see this big fat warning that those with PMs shouldn't use it. Called Medtronic, they agreed. However I've seen comments on here that it's ok...just a cya type precaution. What do you think? Do I have to send it back? Can I just use the weight function and not the body fat part? I had one before t...

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Theraputic Ultrsound

Does anyone have any information on the corelation between using ntheraputic ultrasound in our occupation as Physical Therapists for over 30 years, and the need for having a pacemaker implANTED IN MY WIFE AND MYSELF WITHIN ONE YEAR of eachother. We were both physical therapists working together!

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liteppie@yahoo.com

Does anyone have any information on the effect of cell tower radio frequencies on pacemakers? liteppie

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pacemaker leads

the advisory posted march 20 1998 on the fda website is a good read . it tell about digital tv transmission and medical telemetry systems. i am sure that medical telemetry systems can withstand more outside digital interference than a mere set of pm leads or for that matter a pm itself.

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digital signals

im trying to find out if anyone has ever heard of digital signals penetrating pacemaker leads and having adverse affects on a heart

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DIATHERMY

Can anyone tell me about the possible interferences between the pacemaker and the diathermy used during surgical operations? Thank you.

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