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What are the risks of riding rollercoasters for a person with pacemaker?

What are the risks of riding rollercoasters for a person with pacemaker?

None: There are no risks unless they come very close to a powerful magnet which I do not think happens while you're riding a roller coaster. Even if you did however, nothing bad will happen and as soon as you walk away from the magnet, things go back to normal. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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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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What are the risks of riding roller coasters for a person with pacemaker?

What are the risks of riding roller coasters for a person with pacemaker?

Pacer: It depends on the patients overall condition. A pacemaker itself is just a device. If the patients condition such as heart failure makes the roller coaster a bad risk, that is what the limit is. Ask the treating doctor, but would not hop on the ride without that. ...Read more

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My father is 84 and just had apacemaker fitted, he regularly consumes 1 to 2 litres of wine daily what are the risks?

My father is 84 and just had apacemaker fitted, he regularly consumes 1 to 2 litres of wine daily what are the risks?

Falls: Depending on his metabolism and general health, my concerns would be less about the pacemaker & more about falls. As he gets up to urinate in the night he may be more likely to fall, break a hip & end up with greater problems. ...Read more

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Is a pacemaker bad for rollercoasters?

Is a pacemaker bad for rollercoasters?

Implant date?: If it's been implanted >6 weeks ago, a rollercoaster shouldn't be harmful, but I wouldn't recommend it early on after implant (before the leads have become implanted and the incision has healed). ...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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How long can a person live with pacemaker?

How long can a person live with pacemaker?

Indefinitely: The pacemaker is a very reliable way to maintain a normal heart rate. The device and the wires that connect it to the heart do require replacement infrequently. With appropriate follow up these procedures are electively planned and do not entail a high risk. ...Read more

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Is whole body vibration dangerous for a person with a pacemaker?

Uncertain.: Ordinary daily activities, including the vibration of riding on a bus, or similar normal activities, pose no risk related to ones pacemaker. ...Read more

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Should a person with a pacemaker avoid weight? Lifting

Should a person with a pacemaker avoid weight? Lifting

Weight lifting: Not necessarily. But if not actively an exerciser begin with observed cardiac rehab and progress to resistance exercises under observation in the beginning. ...Read more

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Hi Can a person with a pacemaker take anti inflammatory medication?

Hi Can a person with a pacemaker take anti inflammatory medication?

PPM and NSAID.: As long as it hasn’t literally just been put in, I do not see the presence of a pacemaker in and of itself is a contraindication to use of anti-inflammatory analgesic medications. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a person with a pacemaker go on the lemon cleanse?

Maybe but why: The lemon cleanse diet provides less than a 1000 calories per day and is woefully low in vital nutrients for the time you are on it.

If your electrolytes (sodium, potassium particularly) get altered on the diet, it may affect your heart beat or possibly predispose to heart rhythm problems. This could be an additional risk of this diet.

Also, risk depends on other underlying medical conditions. ...Read more

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It'd be possible that a person with a pacemaker on on the lemon cleanse?

Pacemaker: The underlying disease causing need for a pacemaker is the reason why a lemon cleanse may or may not be ok for the patient. ...Read more

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If a person has a pacemaker? Is he still capable of having sex with his wife? Is it safe for him? Thanks

If a person has a pacemaker? Is he still capable of having sex with his wife? Is it safe for him? Thanks

Pacemaker: The heart disease that indicated the need for the pacer dictates the activity level. Many pacer patients have no problem having sex. The pacer itself is not limiting from sexual activity. ...Read more

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Discussing pacemaker with physician tomorrow. Are there any long term risks associated with PM implantation in a young person? Future implocations?

Discussing pacemaker with physician tomorrow. Are there any long term risks associated with PM implantation in a young person? Future implocations?

There are: It would benefit you if you have to have a pacemaker placed that it be MRI compatible, as you may need an MRI later in the future. Also, make sure you are aware of future surgical needs like for battery pack changes. There are other possible complications like lead fracture/breaks, lead misplacement, etc. ...Read more

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Life expectancy of person with pacemaker and heart block?

Life expectancy of person with pacemaker and heart block?

Pacemakers: It depends on the age of the patient, overall health of the patient, and probably most importantly, what type of heart problem the pacemaker was used to treat and what caused the heart problem. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of person with pacemaker due to heart block?

Life with pacemaker: Pacers simply replace the electrical system in the heart but do not shorten life expectancy. Other heart issues like significant coronary/valve disease or congestive heart failure are the main heart issues that affect life expectancy. If placed for slow heart rates (sick sinus syndrome) or heart block then no specific reduction in life expectancy is noted. ...Read more

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After how many days of pacemaker implantation, can a person can have sex, whether male or female?

After how many days of pacemaker implantation, can a person can have sex, whether male or female?

Pacemaker: Uaually once the incision heals patients can start to resume their normal activities. It is very important that you continue to not raise your arm on the implanted side above the shoulder and not bear weight on that arm for the full 6 to 8 weeks after implantation. Activities such as swimming and golf need to be avoided until cleared by cardiology. ...Read more

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What to take with sevenre back and lower hips pain. Person has pacemaker. Inability to move and walk?

What to take with sevenre back and lower hips pain. Person has pacemaker. Inability to move and walk?

You should: Make it easy and just see your doctor for evaluation and appropriate exams. At 57 with heart disease (pacemaker) back pain needs to be evaluated by a physician. Not all back pain is the back. See your doctor asap. ...Read more

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How long following a myocardial perfusion scan should I wait before visiting a person with a pacemaker?

How long following a myocardial perfusion scan should I wait before visiting a person with a pacemaker?

Immediately: There are no contraindications to visiting a person with a pacemaker after you had a nuclear stress test. You can visit them anytime as the radiation does not effect the pacemaker. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use an electronic stethoscope to listen to a person's heart if they have a pacemaker?

Heart: I don't know why you couldn't. The stethoscope is just "listening" for the heart beat whether with or without being paced. ...Read more

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If a person has a gallstone will it cause gradual drop in his weigh. Was found out before pacemaker implant. Thank you..

If a person has a gallstone will it cause gradual drop in his weigh. Was found out before pacemaker implant. Thank you..

No: No. Gallstones that do not cause pain, nasuea, or vomiting should not cause weight loss. Gallstone that do not cause symptoms generally do not require treatment. ...Read more

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How is a person supposed to act 3 days after getting a pacemaker? Male 87 years old weakness sleeps a lot no energy can't catch my breath after minimal walking across the room unsteady on feet no balance

It: It depends in part on how you were before the pacemaker was placed. If all of these signs and symptoms are brand new since having the pacemaker placed then you need to be seen immediately. These are very concerning symptoms if they occurred after an invasive procedure. If these are not dramatically different than how you were before the pacemaker was placed and you were expecting rapid improvement with the implant, recognize that many of the programming changes that help "fit" the pacemaker to you will typically be made during your return visits in the first month after implantation. I would still recommend contacting your cardiologist and discussing your concerns with him/her. ...Read more

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Does medical marijuana, with high cannabidiol and low THC content, have negative interactions with lisinopril, hydrochlorothiazide, and a pacemaker that performs 87% of an elderly person's heart beat?

Does medical marijuana, with high cannabidiol and low THC content, have negative interactions with lisinopril, hydrochlorothiazide, and a pacemaker that performs 87% of an elderly person's heart beat?

2 difficulties with: This question. Pacemakers do not "perform" heart beats. They only emit tiny electrical shocks to heart muscle when heart contraction not electrically detected within time limit set in pacemaker programming. Electronic pacemaker initiated heart beats are always weaker because less well coordinated. No clinical research trial data exists to answer 1st questions; though zero basis to believe healthy. ...Read more

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Benefits/risks of pacemaker if >90?

Small risk-big bene: If a pacemaker is indicated, age is completely irrelevant. The vast majority of people who need and get pacemakers are elderly. It doesn't matter if you're >100. The procedure is minor and done under local anesthetic with minimal risk. If you're symptomatic from a rhythm disturbance corrected by a pacemaker, you will feel much better with it and there's not reason not to proceed. ...Read more