Most Recent Messages in Interferences

new study: earbud interference

This is a quote from an article in yesterday's Toronto Star:
"In research presented today at a major heart conference in New Orleans, Harvard University scientists said headphones, most commonly used for digital players, can interfere with implanted pacemakers and defibrillators if placed in close proximity."

This is not the iPod problem that was in the news a while ago. This new study says that earbuds shouldn't come within abo...


Ipod headphones

There was an article in the Biritish press today that strong magnets within Ipod headphones can affect pacemakers. Ipod users have been warned not to have the headphones resting on the chest or within a breast pocket.


Chainsaw question

I have a couple of acres and need to saw now and then. Is a device available that would shield the saw interference or otherwise allow the use of saws and/ or brush/weed cutters?
I'm am a recent defibrillator implant owner and have many more questions. I am so glad to find you!


Ipod interference

Hi folks

I haven't been in for a while but happy to report all is well in Chrissie land. I hope it is well with you all.

I know that there has been many postings and discussions about the use of ipods and interference but I thought that I would share a recent experience with you.

I brought myself an ipod shortly before my pm last November and have used it without incident for nearly a year. I often use it during the night if I can not sleep, I always lay it on m...


Cordless Headphones

My Mother is fitted with a pacemaker. She is fairly deaf and has difficulty hearing her television. My husband and I suggested she have a set of cordless headphones which would assist. She is concerned that these would interfere with her pacemaker. Can you please give some advice


I think I was hit

I was coming out of a Target store the other day and when I walked through the exit doors I felt something very strange in my chest.

It was not painful and I felt fine. I'm not really sure how to describe it, kind of like a muscle twitch you get after you exercise hard and then relax.

Is it possible that it was from the electronic anti theft system at the exit door? I didn't think these would do that.


Newbie Question

Hello all. I'm 2 1/2 weeks post op and all the interference with my PM is getting on my nerves. It seems like everything in the house makes this thing go crazy. The taste of metal is another thing. I have that a lot. I had my post op check and they gave me the phone device. We set that on top of the fridge and it like turned the darn thing into a big magnet. Our microwave went out. We moved it to another room and the microwave came back on. My chest hurt and my hr was messed up for sev...




My name is Blas Muniz (friends call me B). I just joined the club...Wanted to say hi and see who online...


lawn mowing

my wife keeps freaking out when I try to mow the lawn. Is it safe?




This is all new to me and my question today is when can one sleep on the side their pm was implanted?

Another question is does the feeling of having something in ones chest ever go away?



Get back to my hobby?

My favorite hobby has been flying radio control airplanes for some years now.

I got sick and stopped for a few months and now that I'm starting to feel better after getting my PM I'm getting the bug to go fly again.

I have been researching and it seems that the transmitters should not be a problem, they are low power 1/2 watt RF transmitters. mine is 2.4Ghz.

I asked the device rep before they discharged me and he said, rather vaguely, It's probably OK.


probably silly question

hi all! so i know this is probably a stupid question but i just got an air purifier today that release positive/negative ions etc etc etc. i was just wondering if that would affect my pacemaker/icd in anyway. =)


Smooth top stoves??

I was reading in the book they gave me about my ICD and it says to stay at least 2 feet from a smooth top stove.....I was wondering if anyone has ever had any problems with their ICD while cooking on one? Thanks.


High volt transmission lines - EMI

Just had PM fitted July 30. Good recovery and great benefits!
BUT we have a holiday booked in an apartment which, I estimate, is about 25metres from overhead 125kv power cables. Should we cancel? What might happen? Will the 1 hour flight be any problem?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated by a newcomer to the world of PM's




can hearing aid be used

I would like to know if iIcan use a hearing aid ( digital ).


Electric Wheelchair

Hi all
I have just had a visit from my wheelchair OT (UK) and I am going to be upgraded from an attendant manual to an electric indoor self operated wheelchair.
One concern has arisen in that I have a pacer and its to be checked into if I will still be aok for an electric chair.
A net search has shown one site that has concerns over pacers and electric wheelchairs-the information may be outdated.
However is it aok for a pacer to use an electric wheelchair with safety?


Other sites.....

I've been unable to read the site posted earlier but have found two government sites with information about interferences.

These sites seem to be in line with what I was told when my pacemaker was implanted.

Maybe one of the pros' can chime in...thanks.

Bionic Beat


Other sites.....

Here are the other sites:

Think I'd read the FDA one it takes too long to google the Canadian one. ;-)

Bionic Beat



Anyone interested in guidlines for interferences and pacemakers could do worse than typing in google the following
- safe distance from magnets for pacemakers -
the first hit will be GUIDLINES : HOME AND WORK
There are links to click on to other pages for more information.
Cheers pete


Breast Augmentation

I have had a PM for 11 years and now on my 3rd device. I am interested in having breast augmentation and was wondering if anyone knows if this is possible with a pacemaker in place. I have spoken to a surgeon who tells me that he would need to ascertain where leads where and that generally pacemakers are in the same muscle as the breast implant so this may lead to infection etc. Are you aware of or know someone who has had breast augmentation when there has been a pacemaker in situ?...


You know you're wired when...

You have a little piece of high-tech in your chest.

Member Quotes

I swim, scuba, garden, hike, climb, workout, play with the kids, play tennis, baseball, basket ball and rollerblade with mine with no problem.