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Are hot tubs a problem for people with pacemakers?

Are hot tubs a problem for people with pacemakers?

No: Unless you have just had your pacemaker inserted. You should wait 2 weeks post insertion. You should avoid prolonged exposure and dehydration, but this is no particular to individuals with pacemakers. ...Read more

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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Pacemaker (Definition)

A pacemaker is a device which sends electrical signals to the heart triggering heartbeats when needed. There are many ways to implant and configure a pacemaker; it may beat the top chambers (atria), lower chambers (ventricles) or both. Some systems stimulate both the left and right ventricles together. Pacemakers generally treat abnormally slow heart rhythms and certain ...Read more


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What are the most common problems people face with pacemakers?

What are the most common problems people face with pacemakers?

Pacemaker problems: Pacemaker problems can be categorized based on the timing since, or during, implantation. They can vary between infections requiring removal, malfunctions, discomfort, and adverse effects from an otherwise normally functioning pacemaker. ...Read more

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What medical problems can occurr after implantation of pacemakers?

There are many: Early: bleeding into the pacemaker pocket / infection, lead dislodgment, perforation, arrhythmias. Late: infection, arrhythmias, pacemaker malfunction anytime: pacemaker syndrome (also known as av dyssynchrony syndrome) symptoms may not improve if the indication for pacemaker insertion were soft or not really present. This is not uncommon. ...Read more

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Does pacemaker cause any problems with airport metal detectors?

Does pacemaker cause any problems with airport metal detectors?

Yes: You need to be hand screened -- and remember to tell them when you arrive. It will set them off -- and that will just delay you. You will be hand-screened or searched. The microwave technology does not do a good job determining what the pacemaker is, although it is getting better. ...Read more

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Wat is the risk of replacing a 13 year old pacemaker wires, for problems of possible infection?

Wat is the risk of replacing a 13 year old  pacemaker wires,  for problems of possible infection?

Risky: It's risky and should only be attempted by centers with experience doing this type of replacement and with emergency capability if there are complications. ...Read more

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I had a pacemaker put in in 08..But sometimes ir feels like I have another heartbeat? I have problems breathing...But pacemaker is working good .

Check something else: If you have had a regular pacemaker clinic and everything is working properly and no evidence of pacemaker mediated tachycadia then you need to look into other reasons for the shortness of breath -- please talk with your doctor! ...Read more

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Can a heart pacemaker stimulate the vagus nerve and cause other problems?

Can a heart pacemaker stimulate the vagus nerve and cause other problems?

No: Cardiac pacemakers maintain and encourage normal heart rhythms, and are used to treat abnormal heart beat patterns. The vagus nerve is stimulated by a vagal nerve stimulator used over the left vagus, which does not have cardiac innervation, and this device helps control seizures. ...Read more

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I have a pacemaker (icd) can I saftley make a tattoo? The machine can cause problems for the icd if I do it on the same side as the pacemaker?

I have a pacemaker (icd) can I saftley make a tattoo? The machine can cause problems for the icd if I do it on the same side as the pacemaker?

Caution: The tattoo machine is quite unlikely to cause electrical problems for your device. I would avoid tattoos, however, especially near or on the same side as the ICD because this increases the risk of infection. I would generally advise people not to do this. ...Read more

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