Pacemaker Defibrillator vs Microwave, etc.

By Maja1959 Latest Reply 2012-02-10 23:58:49 -0600
Started 2011-12-23 04:25:43 -0600

My sixteen year old son has recently told me that when I get the pacemaker defibrillator on tues that I won't be able to use my microwave, my laptop, and my cell phone. How much truth is t here to this matter? I sit here and use my laptop all the time. And my cell phone well it is in my pants pocket all the time too. I don't know what I would do without my microwave. And what about my electric blanket man I would freeze! lol I gess if you take all this from me then maybe we need to put t he out house in the back yard! I think the neighbors would have a fit cause I live in town! lol But seriously I am executive secretary. Even though I have dilated cardio myopathy and am very tired with a 20% ejection I am hoping that this pacemaker defib will give me a energy boost and I can go back to work. I hate being home. I get house done in no time.

8 replies

Heart-Healthy-Bob 2012-01-11 05:03:55 -0600 Report

I'm curious where your son got this "information". I've had an ICD for more than 5 years. Not a single incident, and I use my microwave, laptop, and cell phone virtually every day. I was told I couldn't have an MRI, and that I should not walk through the airport metal detector, so I used to have pat-downs all the time. I've heard that they've been working on safety with MRIs. The new airport imaging technology is perfectly safe with my ICD — I've used it several times. If you really have a concern, I suggest you ask your doctor what the guidelines are.

Maja1959 2012-01-14 09:22:28 -0600 Report

Oh and I am using my microwave, laptop, and my cell too! Not to mention my electric blanket! We just got our first snow yesterday. I am going to make some veggie soup to keep warm! :-)

Maja1959 2012-01-14 09:20:45 -0600 Report

He is 16 and guessing scared. He has to be googling on his own and with lack of knowledge this speaks volumes. I had my defib on 12.27 and this past Tues was two weeks. Can't wait to ditch the sling so I can sleep with my arms over my head! lol The sling is growing on me! :-)

cherokeeBlonde 2012-01-06 14:14:41 -0600 Report

Hi again you know its funny cuz when I got my first pacemaker when I was12, thats when microwaves came out and so my friend who was the first to get on in the nieghborhood
so we use to like to put something in it and press start and than run. kids what can you say. anyhow now a days microwaves do not effect pacemakers I do not know about defib's but actually the only thing that effects my pacemaker is believe it or not is a radio transmission tower, if im to close, and an Arch Welder, good thing im not a welder. and also strong magnets can interfere with is actually a real strong magnet can drain the the power out instantly - had it happen to me one time. so just check into it the little handbooks you get after surgery should tell you what to stay away from and how far from somthing you have be. Now cell phones are ok just keep in in a pocket or something away from your implanted device. which is actually recommeded for everyone.

ije 2012-02-10 23:58:49 -0600 Report

i have a valve in my heart. september2011
u not along and strongly believe we will make it

HeartHawk 2011-12-24 23:29:47 -0600 Report


I agree with arkansas. Certainly, check with your doc first in case you have some weird new technology but it is likely you will be just fine.


arkansasurviver 2011-12-23 07:23:53 -0600 Report

Ok I think your son is messing with you or he has miss understood. They suggest not keeping the cell phone in your pocket over the chest on some shirts. I use all technologies that you have mentioned.