Using properly operating household appliances such as microwave ovens, electric blankets and most power tools cannot damage your pacemaker.
Using electric arc welders or working on automobile ignition systems will also not damage your pacemaker, however there is a possibility that they may interfere with the proper operation of your pacemaker. If you are using any of these or similar devices and become light headed or feel palpitations simply turn the device off or walk away from it and normal pacemaker operation should resume.
MEDICAL OR SURGICAL TREATMENT
If you are having any type of medical procedure performed, let your physician, dentist, chiropractor, physiotherapist or any health or cosmetic care provider know that you have a pacemaker. They will then be able to determine which diagnostic or therapeutic equipment is appropriate to use.
The following items do not affect the function of your pacemaker.
- Electric blankets, heating pads and portable space heaters.
- Hand held items without an AC motor such as cordless electric knives, irons and newer cordless shavers.
- Large appliances including washers, dryers and electric stoves.
- Ovens, including microwaves, gas and electric.
- Salon hair dryers.
- Tabletop appliances such as toasters, blenders, electric can openers and food processors.
- Televisions, FM and AM radios, video cassette recorders (VCRs), video games, compact disc players, stereos (other than speakers), desktop and laptop computers.
- Vacuum cleaners and electric brooms.
The following items do affect the function of your pacemaker in close proximity.
You must not be too close to these appliances; more than 6 inches away
- The following items can be used when they are kept 6 inches away from your pacemaker (it is usually the motor that may cause an electromagnetic field). If you experience dizziness and palpitations simply move further away from the item. Your pacemaker will then operate properly.
- Hand held hair dryers and older shavers with an electrical cord.
- Sewing machines and servers (sewing machines that overcast edges to prevent fraying)
- Electric toothbrush and the base charger of an ultrasonic toothbrush.
- Large stereo speakers which often have large magnets. Do not lift large stereo speakers close to your pacemaker.
You must be at least 2 feet away from these appliances.
When using an induction range for cooking keep your pacemaker 2 feet from the range to prevent EMI.