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Do pacemaker recipients need to avoid microwave ovens?

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Cardiac pacemakers are prone to possible interference from other sources of electrical equipment, including microwave ovens. Both the microwave and pacemaker industries have made technological advances in the area of shielding. Electrical leakage from newer microwave ovens is minimal and should not affect an implanted pacemaker. The use of a microwave oven that meets U.S. federal safety standards by a person with a pacemaker has not been found to subject the person to any potential harmful problems.
If  the microwave oven is in proper working order, we do not anticipate any pacemaker interference problems.

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