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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. Erik Borncamp
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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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I am on flecaidine and diltiazem. Had an ablation for reentrant atrail tachycaria. Would a pacemaker to next if the ablation didn't work?

Pacemaker: A pacemaker isn't really preventive therapy for atrial tachycardia. There is a function called antitachycardia pacing which can sometimes convert an atrial tachycardia back to sinus rhythm and is available in some pacers. This question is best discussed with your electrophysiologist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about pacemaker?

Can you tell me about pacemaker?

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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Can you tell me about pacemakers?

Can you tell me about pacemakers?

Sure I can: They are used if the heart is beating too slow. Electrodes are inserted into the heart through a vein usually in the area of the clavicle. They are attached to a battery which sends an electric current down the wires. This causes the heart to contract. We can set the rate so that the heart will beat faster. Also the device senses if your heart beats on its own and is in that case inhibited. ...Read more

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How does the artificial pacemaker work?

How does the artificial pacemaker work?

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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Can a person with pacemaker swim safely?

Can a person with pacemaker swim safely?

Generally yes: Once the insertion site has healed, there is no reason why you cannot swim or particpate in other water sports, assuming your heart function is healthy enough. The pacemaker is not the limiting factor. ...Read more

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What does it mean when pacemaker is 6/81?

What does it mean when pacemaker is 6/81?

Need more info: Those particular numbers do not seem to reflect a status of the pacemaker or of pacemaker life expectancy. I would ask him again and perhaps write it down. ...Read more

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How can it feel after you get a pacemaker?

Pacemaker: If your heart has been too slow as the indication for the pacemaker, you will feel significantly better than with the slow heart rate. If you get the pacemaker as a precaution to protect against something that might happen, you may not feel anything different. The surgical wound will ache for a while but nothing severe. ...Read more

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Which medical conditions do pacemakers help?

See Below: The most common indicators for pacemakers are bradycardia, tachycardia and heart block: slow heart rate, fast heart rate and when the heart stops beating for several seconds. ...Read more

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What is a timeline for putting in a pacemaker?

What is a timeline for putting in a pacemaker?

Often nonurgent: The urgency of pacemaker implantation depends on the severity of the underlying slow heart rhythm it is aimed at treating. It's rare that slow heart rates are so profound as to cause dangerously low blood pressures, but obviously if that is the case it is an emergency. Many times the symptoms are mild, and one can schedule it electively within a few days to a week. ...Read more

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Can invisible fences interfere with pacemakers?

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

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