Welding after getting a pacemaker

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Re: Welding after getting a pacemaker

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liveaboard wrote: Fri Dec 02, 2022 2:23 pm Wow; real info!
Even though I don't need a pacemaker (yet), I find all of that interesting.
Same reaction with me.
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NP317 wrote: Fri Dec 02, 2022 7:28 pmHelped develop one of the first AEDs (automated external defibrillators).

I’m shocked to learn that.
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We've all made light of it, but actually the original question is a serious one.
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Yes it is...ani I would defer to whatever the manufacturer of the pacemaker has to say.

If they advise caution, it matters not what anyone else says, since.....
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I much appreciate the cautions that have been carefully expressed. They match my thinking (I'm a retired radar data processing engineer). But I also asked my doctor about the limitations. The answer was somewhat different. He and his NP stated they had called Boston Scientific (the manufacturer) and I should refrain both skiing and welding for 2 months after the surgery. I actually think the advice I got on this site might be more valid than what I got from my doctor. Some how I expect he was giving advice relative to falling and therefore wanted sufficient healing time. I can't see me falling just because I was welding (I use to own the ski mountain and did some welding while up on top of a lift tower but that was in bygone times). As a skier I am an expert and have not fallen when I was skiing except while bringing a patient down the mountain on very difficult terrain. Ski Patrolling is also something that happened in bygone times. As for radio interference while welding I just don't know. I fully agree it would be hard to get good penetration while skiing but I would think the risk of getting burn holes in my expensive parka would likely prohibit skiing while welding. But the idea of a Faraday Chest Protector is intriguing. Thanks for the thoughtful replies.

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Re: Welding after getting a pacemaker

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BUT BUT BUT...you would either require a very long set of welding leads, or a machine on skids that you can drag along behind you like you would an injured human....

which would then require an assistant or 4 to play 'tag line' to keep the lot from running into you from behind.... :mrgreen:
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