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Can Invisible Fences Interfere With Pacemakers
No: It is very unlikely that an invisible fence would interfere with a pacemaker. Normally, and this is generally true of the pacemakers that have been implanted over the past 10 years or so, not much on the outside of the body can affect their function with the exception of large magnetic fields (like that of an mri). Even then, the interference is not permanent and not significantly detrimental. ...Read more
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
What do you suggest if my husband has a pacemaker defibrillator can he get close to invisible fencing?
Yes: Not a problem.Get a more detailed answer ›
Could you tell me is it safe if my husband has a pacemaker defibrillator can he get close to invisible fencing?
Invisible fencing: I have seen no literature on this type of device interfering with pacer/icd function. I doubt it would be a problem but it shouldn't be a problem staying away from the proximity to such devices to be safe. ...Read more
Electronics/ magnets: Patients with pacemakers are advised to avoid strong magnetic fields. Mri studies are generally contraindicated. Electronic devices such a cell phones and game controllers should usually be kept at least 12 inches away fom the device. Security devices can sometimes cause problems and many airports will have pacemaker patients have a different assessment. ...Read more
I'm having post interferon side effects and it's been a year, my dr. S don't seem to believe it's related. What do I do?
Please Clarify: What do you mean specifically by the words: 'interferon side effects'? ...Read more
My grandfather is in his 80's and he will be having the battery on his pacemaker replaced. Are their any major risks involved?
No: It shouldn't really be a big procedure and it is an expert who's doing it who knows all the precautions. Good luck. ...Read more
Consult manufacturer: Consult the manufacturer of your pacemaker.Get a more detailed answer ›
PEG interferone: Peg (pegylated) interferon is a long acting interferon, used to treat hepatitis b and c. Interferons are proteins released in the body in response to viral infections. Interferons are important for fighting viruses in the body, for regulating reproduction of cells, and for regulating the immune system. ...Read more
Heart device.: A cardiac pacemaker is a device that is implanted in the chest to permanently regulate heartbeat rhythms. The pacemaker monitors the heartbeat to make sure it is not beating too slowly, and when necessary transmits electric pulses to the heart to increase the heartbeat pace. Pacemakers are periodically replaced every several years when the battery runs out. ...Read more
Artificial pacemaker: Artificial (implantable) pacemakers are mostly regulated by a sensor that recognizes motion. It's similar to the sensor that changes your phone/ipads display from portrait to landscape, based on the direction of the device. There are other sensors, such as ones that measure the density of blood in the heart and chest motion (simulating breathing). Get your routine pacemaker maintenance checks. ...Read more
Fixed rate: I assume you mean fixed rate pacemakers. We don't use them anymore. The very earliest pacemakers just fired at whatever rate you set them, once a second if you set the rate to 60. That lead to chaos if the patient's inherent heart rate was not always real slow. So they made pacemaker's which sense normal beats and only fire if the rate gets slow. They are inhibited when a heartbeat is sensed. ...Read more
Minor surgical proce: Pacemakers are placed in a cardiac cath or surgical suite with the visual guidance of fluoroscopy (x-ray visualization). A pacing lead is placed into the heart after access to a vein in the arm, groin, neck, chest is obtained. Specific electrical parameters of the lead are checked, then the lead attached to a pacemaker often embedded in the upper chest wall, where small incision is made. ...Read more
Slow heart rate: The typical reason to get a pacemaker is slow heart rate *hr), say, below 40 beats a minute. Some people get pacemakers because their hr won't increase with exercise. The most common reason is atrial fibrillation, which can often lead to slow hr. Slow hr causes fatigue or out of breath with exertion or passing out. Some people get special pacemakers to improve heart function if the heart is weak. ...Read more
Pacemaker: A pacemaker is an electronic device which uses a lead as an antenna to sense the heart's electrical activity. It uses the same lead (s) to deliver a small electrical impulse to the heart to make it contract if the heart isn't going as fast as the device was programmed to maintain. Pacemakers both sense heart activity and pace it to produce activity. They maintain heart rate. Other things too.... ...Read more
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