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Can A Bluetooth Receiver Mess With A Pacemaker
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
Not Usually: We generally advise people to avoid any high-energy application (> usual household voltages and currents). Arc welding, transformers, alternators and high voltage lines in particular carry real risks. From a manufacturer: use extreme caution if welding energy exceeds the following values: • 100 amps for tig/mig welding • 250 amps for ac arc welding • 250 amps for plasma welding • 350 amps dc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tazers: There have been recent reports of tazers causing cardiac arrest in patients without aicd's. I suppose it would be possible for a tazer to "trick" and aicd into "thinking" that the patient had an actual arrhythmia and deliver what we would term an "inappropriate shock". I am not aware of any such reports however. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: There is a theoretic risk, but it is small. The device produces a strong current for only a few seconds. The current is not sufficient to damage the icd directly. It could cause the icd to falsely detect an arrhythmia, but not one of sufficient duration to have the icd respond. Reports in humans and experimental testing in animals have not shown significant adverse effects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Modern pacemakers are well shielded and not susceptible to low level electromagnetic waves. ...Read more
Unlikely: Need to know the type of device and what metal is involved. ...Read more
Does cash price of a brain MRI changes if I have a dbs implant? I heard a special procedure need to be followed for patients with such pacemakers.
What is a safe distance to stay from an electric transformer for a pacemaker patient, also a cellular communication tower?
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. ...Read more
Pacemaker: Pacemakers are shielded and should not be affected by cellphones as long as the cell phone isn't used within an inch or two of the pacer. ...Read more
LVAD and cellphones: Likely the cellphone may interfere with the electronics of the lvad and so being cautious it is recommended that individuals with an lvad stay away from any potential interference. Ther are some systems that can be monitored via the internet so it is also recommended that you avoid that source of interference. ...Read more
Pace maker implant: Yes. You will be allowed to drive a car 1 week after the implant. It is ideal to wait until completion of device interrogation 2 weeks after implantation. ...Read more
I was offered to purchase a personal full 12 lead ECG device that works with my iphone and send ECG by email to a doc. Would your recommend it?
More information : Most citizens have no need for a home ECG machine that transmits to a doc. If your clinical condition is such that you ECG is likely or expected to change, and early recognition is important, then this may be a good investment for you. ...Read more
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