If you or someone you love has a pacemaker, you put a lot of trust in it.
You’re basically counting on it to keep you alive and make sure your heartbeat doesn’t go haywire.
But we’re starting to see some alarming new reports that doing something as simple as taking a trip to the mall can throw your pacemaker out of whack.
And it’s a problem that all people with pacemakers need to take seriously.
We’ve known for a while now that people with pacemakers should beware metal detectors and MRIs – and now, a new study shows that store security systems can interfere with your pacemaker, too.
Now, it’s not all anti-theft systems – just the “pedestal” kind, which are often camouflaged in the store so you may not even know if you’ve been lingering by one.
That is, until you get a shock from inside your chest.
If you already have a pacemaker controlling your ticker, talk to your doctor about your risks and the proper setting. The “unipolar” setting was most commonly triggered by these anti-theft devices, though the “bipolar” setting wasn’t completely safe, either.
But the best way to avoid problems with a pacemaker is to avoid having to get a pacemaker in the first place.
If your heartbeat was once normal but has become too slow (bradychardia), too fast (tachychardia), or all over the place (atrial fibrillation or Afib), it’s important to look first at why it’s gone haywire in the first place.
Certain medical conditions like gout, for example, can make you a sitting duck for Afib. And there are natural therapies like vitamin C and yoga that can help Afib.
In fact, one study found that people who did yoga cut their number of Afib episodes in half.
Also, take a look at your medicine cabinet. There are literally dozens of drugs that have been linked to problems with irregular heartbeat.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Electronic anti-theft systems remain threat to cardiac device patients, escardio.org/The-ESC/Press-Office/Press-releases/Last-5-years/electronic-anti-theft-systems-remain-a-threat-to-cardiac-device-patients
Stores’ Security Systems Can Mess With Cardiac Devices, medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/Arrhythmias/58449?xid=nl_mpt_DHE_2016-06-11&eun=g1024616d0r
Devices that may interfere with Pacemakers, heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Arrhythmia/PreventionTreatmentofArrhythmia/Devices-that-may-Interfere-with-Pacemakers_UCM_302013_Article.jsp#.V2bZVlc4l0t
AHA Treatments by Heart: heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@hcm/documents/downloadable/ucm_300451.pdf