What steps should someone take to reduce their risk of technological interference with their pacemaker?

Pacemakers have built-in protection to help avoid some types of interference, but there are steps you can take to help also.

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends taking the following steps to help protect your pacemaker from interference:

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Carry a pacemaker ID card to prove you have a pacemaker, especially in airports or other places with metal detectors
  • Check with your doctor before having any medical procedures

Many household items do not cause issues with pacemakers. The AHA states those include microwaves, TVs, radios, stereos, vacuums, toasters, food processers, electric razors, gardening machinery, food processors, electric blankets, and can openers.

Talk to your doctor for more information about steps to help protect your pacemaker from interference.

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