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Can a bluetooth receiver mess with a pacemaker?

Pacemakers: Bluetooth is a different technology and is unlikely to interfere with the devices programming functions or sensing and pacing. The device is shielded from most electronic interference except for very strong fields. ...Read more

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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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Is it safe for a man with a pacemaker to weld or work with electricity?

Is it safe for a man with a pacemaker to weld or work with electricity?

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 more

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Can getting hit with a tazer kill someone with an implantable defibrillator?

Can getting hit with a tazer kill someone with an implantable defibrillator?

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 more

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Does getting hit with a tazer hurt someone with an implantable defibrillator?

Does getting hit with a tazer hurt someone with an implantable defibrillator?

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 more

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How can a doctor implant an automatic defibrillator in a heart?

How can a doctor implant an automatic defibrillator in a heart?

ICD: for ICD and pacemakers the leads which actually contact the heart are put in through the veins. The actual battery and pulse/shock generator are put in subcutaneously by surgical incision. ...Read more

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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

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Can someone use a cell phone without affecting her implanted pacemaker?

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

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Why can't a ventricular assist device be around a cellphone on a train?

Why can't a ventricular assist device be around a cellphone on a train?

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

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Can you get a tattoo with heart problems, or will you end up with a heart infection?

Can you get a tattoo with heart problems, or will you end up with a heart infection?

Most likely: If a professional is creating the tattoo, there should not be a risk of infection. If you're concerned, perhaps your doctor would give you a dose of antibiotic prior to the tattoo, similar to what is done for dental procedures. ...Read more

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When after a pacemaker implant can an individual drive a car?

When after a pacemaker implant can an individual drive a car?

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

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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?

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