Most devices will not interfere with your defibrillator, but some with strong magnetic fields might. Ask your doctor or nurse if you have questions about any specific device.
Most appliances in your home are safe to be around. This includes your refrigerator, washer, dryer, toaster, blender, personal computer and fax machine, hair dryer, stove, CD player, remote controls, and microwave.
There are several devices you should keep at least 12 inches away from the site where your ICD 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 an ICD. Some medical equipment may harm your ICD. Because MRI machines have powerful magnets, talk to your doctor before having an MRI.
Stay away from large motors, generators, and equipment. Do not lean over the open hood of a running car. Also stay away from:
- Radio transmitters and high-voltage power lines
- Products that use magnetic therapy, such as some mattresses, pillows, and massagers
- 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 ICD.
- 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 ICD. 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 ICD may set off alarms.