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  1. What powers these devices
    The first implanted cardiac pacemaker used nickel-cadmium rechargeable battery, later on zinc-mercur...
     
  2. Will I ever outgrow the need for these devices?
    For most people, the device will be needed for the rest of their life. There are specific individual...
     
  3. Can I use ham radio or a CB radio if I have a pacemaker?
    Yes. The use of ham radio or CB radio should not damage or reprogram most modern pacemakers. There i...
     
  4. Will a house arrest monitor interfere with my pacemaker?
    The house arrest monitor (Digital Products Corp.) has a radio frequency power of 150 mW at a frequen...
     
  5. Will airport security systems damage or reprogram my pacemaker?
    There is a slight possibility that a pacemaker may mistake the energy from a security gate as your h...
     
  6. Will an electrical current applied to my body interfere with my pacemaker?
    Application of an additional current source can potentially cause a rate increase in impedance-based...
     
  7. Will iontophoresis stimulators damage or reprogram my pacemaker?
    Treatment should not damage most pacemakers. However, there is the potential for your pacemaker to s...
     
  8. Will the LASIK procedure damage my pacemaker?
    The LASIK procedure uses light energy, so we do not anticipate any damage to the pacemaker due to th...
     
  9. Will shockwave lithotripsy (for the treatment of kidney stones) impact my pacemaker’s function?
    Shock wave lithotripsy uses a spark gap or electromagnetic transducer to produce a shock wave for pa...
     
  10. Do pacemaker recipients need to avoid microwave ovens?
    Cardiac pacemakers are prone to possible interference from other sources of electrical equipment, in...
     
  11. Will microwave prostate therapy damage or reprogram my pacemaker?
    Based on information from two manufacturers (Targis™ and Prostratron®), we do not anticipate any dam...
     
  12. Can pacemaker recipients undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)?
    Pacemaker recipients should not undergo MRI because of the extremely strong magnetic fields generate...
     
  13. Will a nerve conduction procedure impact my pacemaker?
    Nerve conduction testing shouldn’t damage or reprogram pacemakers. There is potential for a pacemake...
     
  14. Does the radar used in speed guns cause an interaction with pacemakers?
    Radar used in speed guns has not been reported to cause any interaction with cardiac pacemakers. Rec...
     
  15. Will radiation therapy (used to treat cancer) cause problems with my pacemaker?
    Today’s technology uses complementary metal oxide semiconductors (CMOS) for their integrated circuit...
     
  16. Can a person with a pacemaker use therapeutic ultrasound?
    The use of therapeutic ultrasound should be okay and is not contraindicated for pacemaker recipients...
     
  17. Do Transcutaneous Nerve Stimulation (TENS) devices interact with pacemakers?
    TENS devices can interact with pacemakers. Most likely, a temporary inhibition will occur. To minimi...
     
  18. Can I use a magnetic mattress pad or magnetic necklace?
    Pacemakers have a magnetic coil inside. If you have an implanted pacemaker, do not use a magnetic ma...
     
  19. If I have a pacemaker, what precautions should I take around electrical arc welding?
    Cardiac pacemakers are electronic devices with sensing circuits which detect small electrical signal...
     
  20. Will an ultrasonic toothbrush interfere with an implanted pacemaker?
    Standard electric toothbrushes and ultrasonic toothbrushes should not interfere with an implanted pa...