Modern pacemakers have built-in features to protect them from most types of interference produced by other electrical devices you might encounter in your daily routine.
If you have an artificial pacemaker, always:
- Be aware of your surroundings and the devices that may interfere with pulse generators.
- Carry your pacemaker ID card to prove that you have a pacemaker. Download a pacemaker ID card.
- Tell healthcare professionals before they start any test or procedure using medical or electronic devices.
- Notify the doctor or nurse where you work that you have a pacemaker.
- Household appliances such as microwave ovens, televisions, radios, stereos, vacuum cleaners, electric brooms, electric blankets, electric knives, hair dryers, shavers, gardening machinery, toasters, food processors and can openers won't affect your pacemaker.
- If you suspect interference with your pacemaker, simply move away or turn off the equipment. Your pacemaker won't be permanently damaged and will resume its normal activity.
This content was last reviewed on 10/23/2014.