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A 41-year-old male asked:

what is a safe distance to stay from an electric transformer for a pacemaker patient, also a cellular communication tower?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Engineer: I suggest you contact the engineering department of the company that made the particular brand pacemaker you're concerned about - they will need to know the approximate wattage of the transformer (home use versus industrial). Regarding cell towers, i suspect that there is no risk unless the person is a repairman and working in immediate proximity.

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Can an electrical storm have any effect on pacemakers?

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Dr. Mark Stern
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No: No, not unless the person with the pacemaker is actually struck by lightning.
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Can someone recycle a pacemaker?

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Recycle: Pacemaker recycle programs are available in some countries but not in the USA
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How can pacemakers be programmed?

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With a special box: Each manufacturer of pacemakers makes their own device that communicates with it by radio waves and can get reports from it and can give it instructions.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

How long can a person live with pacemaker?

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No limit: If they keep replacing the units when the battery is low it will not limit life expectancy.
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What materials are pacemakers made out of?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Several things: The case is made of titanium, the batteries are lithium, /iodine cells, the electrodes are thin insulated wires, and the circuit boards contain resistors, diodes, capacitors, and semiconductors. The circuit boards function like a small EKG machine sensing spontaneous heart beats and if the heart does not beat, they send a small shock down the wires to make it beat.

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