Life with a pacemaker
Sports and physical exercises that should be avoided:
• Contact sports (such as karate or football).
• Scuba diving.
• Shooting from a gun or rifle. You cannot put the butt of the rifle into the shoulder, where the implanted pacemaker. The impact of the shot can cause injury to the superficial tissues over Your pacemaker.
ATTENTION . Avoid exercises and activities, where there is a threat to
call a strike on the area of the implanted pacemaker. Blow, as a rule, can not cause harm to Your device, but can damage the fabric over the pacemaker.
Avoid direct sunlight on the area of the implanted pacemaker. Be sure to wear at least a t-shirt or other clothing to protect this area.
The return to work
Implantable pacemaker should not interfere with Your employment, except in special circumstances. Because every workplace is different and the orientation of employment, single, no recommendations.
You will need to tell your doctor if Your work activity is associated with the following items:
• High voltage electrical equipment.
• Strong magnets used in industrial areas.
• Radar or other sources of strong electromagnetic interference.
The most diverse devices, equipment and devices that surround us at home or in the workplace, does not affect the operation of the pacemaker and can be used with minimal precautions or without. Modern pacemakers are protected against external magnetic, electric and electromagnetic effects occurring in everyday life. However, some devices containing electric and magnetic components, can influence the function of the pacemaker.
Around devices and items containing electrical and/or magnetic components, electromagnetic field is created. A strong electromagnetic field may interfere with the operation of the pacemaker, resulting in inadequate – under-or over – stimulation of the heart.
If You experience dizziness, fast or irregular heartbeat caused by external effects on the pacemaker of any equipment, just a quick step away from him at a safe distance. Your pacemaker will immediately resume normal operation.
The pacemaker does not limit your movement, and You can plan your trip for a long period of time.
Be sure to show your ID (card patient) at checkpoints in airports, railway stations, where inspection is performed using a magnetic frame. You need to show ID to You, if necessary, performed a hand search.
If You are planning your vacation, make sure Your insurance company understands that You have implanted a pacemaker. Many insurance companies may refuse to insure Your life, much less to pay for Your treatment because, in their view, You are at increased risk. To correct many of the problems, You should bring a note from your cardiologist about Your health and what You are allowed to travel.
Will solve all these issues when making Your insurance and do not shift the solution to this problem later, when it occurred emergency.