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Would thunder and lightning affect a pacemaker?

Would thunder and lightning affect a pacemaker?

Generally no: No. However it is still a bad idea to stand outside during a lightning storm. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kent
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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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How does bystander lightning (not a direct strike) affect implanted pacemakers, defibrillators, vagus nerve stimulators, etc...?

How does bystander lightning (not a direct strike) affect implanted pacemakers, defibrillators, vagus nerve stimulators, etc...?

Usually no effect.: The lightning strike (even as a bystander - it travels through the soil & can pop up at distances far from the original strike) can have deleterious effects on your heart (causing arrhythmia) or brain (causing unconsciousness) but these are just as likely with or without an implanted device. All electronic implants have a floating ground, which means they cannot short out because of an external ch ...Read more

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Had huge thunder storm and lightning an hour ago which sent me in shock and my pulse still high at resting 108bpm and also asthmatic which chest still constantly playing up finished oral steroids?

Had huge thunder storm and lightning an hour ago which sent me in shock and my pulse still high at resting 108bpm and also asthmatic which chest still constantly playing up finished oral steroids?

Deep breaths: You need to focus on trying to calm yourself down. First off, do you have an inhaler for your asthma, and can you or have you used it? Please do so. Then, focus on taking long, slow, and deep breaths continuously and close your eyes, and try to think of something that is soothing to you. if it helps to lay down with a blanket or pillow for comfort, please do that as well. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Haven't felt well for about a week so had a pacemaker check this evening it showed 40 diff af alerts in 7 days given antibiotics should I be worried?

Haven't felt well for about a week so had a pacemaker check this evening it showed 40 diff af alerts in 7 days given antibiotics should I be worried?

Atrial fibrillation: What kind of antibiotics you are taking? A little-known fact is macrolides (clarithromycin and Erythromycin and azithromycin) can increase the risk for serious irregular heart rhythms and sudden cardiac death. In the nejm study, researchers analyzed data from more than 500, 000 medicaid patients. Patients who took Azithromycin and levoquin were at risk. Consult your physician. ...Read more

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White string coming out of incision? I had a pacemaker put in about 3 weeks ago. They didn't put stitches in, they just glued it shut. Today, i noticed a little piece of what i thought was glue, so i pulled on it trying to get it off. Then i realized it w

White string coming out of incision? I had a pacemaker put in about 3 weeks ago. They didn't put stitches in, they just glued it shut. Today, i noticed a little piece of what i thought was glue, so i pulled on it trying to get it off. Then i realized it w

It's : It's most likely the end of a stitch that was put in under the skin. Keep it clean and get back in to see your doctor as soon as you can. You could also put some neosporin or other triple antibiotic gel on it and cover it with a bandage until you see your doctor. ...Read more

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What can't I do after I get the pacemaker?

What can't I do after I get the pacemaker?

Back to normal: After a pacemaker, you can do pretty much most things. It also depends if you have any other heart problems and how healthy you are otherwise. ...Read more

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What should I do if I need a pacemaker but I don't have insurance?

What should I do if I need a pacemaker but  I don't have insurance?

Talk with your dr: Perhaps you can discuss it with your doctor and make some financial arrangements -- and get the pacemaker. ...Read more

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Is it true that you can't use a microwave when you have a pacemaker?

No: As we say, "as long as you don't crawl in it, you will be fine". 20 years ago there were issues, but there are no interactions with modern day microwaves and pacemakers ...Read more

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When i get my pacemaker/defibrillator changed. Am i supposed to be awake? The nurse said i won't feel anything but will be able to answer questions.

Sleepy: You'll be given medications that will make you drowsy and take away nervousness (such as versed and fentanyl) but you will be awake enough to answer questions. The pacemaker site will be numbed with local anesthetic so all you might feel after the numbing is a bit of tugging but it shouldn't hurt. If it does you'll be awake enough to tell the nurses who will give you more medications. ...Read more

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