Most machines and devices will not interfere with your pacemaker. But some with strong magnetic fields may. Always ask your doctor or nurse about any specific device that you need to avoid. Do not put a magnet near your pacemaker.
Most appliances in your home are safe to be around. This includes your refrigerator, washer, dryer, toaster, blender, computers and fax machines, hair dryer, stove, CD player, remote controls, and microwave.
You should keep several devices at least 12 inches away from the site where the pacemaker is placed under your skin. These include:
- Battery powered cordless tools (such as screwdrivers and drills)
- Plug-in power tools (such as drills and table saws)
- Electric lawn mowers and leaf blowers
- Slot machines
- Stereo speakers
Tell all health care providers that you have a pacemaker before any tests are done.
Some medical equipment may interfere with your pacemaker.
Stay away from large motors, generators, and equipment. Do not lean over the open hood of a car that is running. Also stay away from:
- Radio transmitters and high-voltage power lines
- Products that use magnetic therapy, such as some mattresses, pillows, and massagers
- Large electrical- or gasoline-powered appliances
If you have a cell phone:
- Do not put it in a pocket on the same side of your body as your pacemaker.
- When using your cell phone, hold it to your ear on the opposite side of your body.
Be careful around metal detectors and security wands.
- Handheld security wands may interfere with your pacemaker. Show your wallet card and ask to be hand searched.
- Most security gates at airports and stores are okay. But do not stand near these devices for long periods. Your pacemaker may set off alarms.
After any operation, have your doctor check your pacemaker.