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Jerry 04-12-2016 07:04 PM

Just had a Medtronic Pacemaker installed this week and am seeking any thoughts and advice about using my electric arc welders with this new gadget.

tonofelephant 04-13-2016 04:48 AM

Re: Pacemaker
1st Congratulations on a successful return of being able to walk, talk & work safely (pacemaker installation).

2nd - I would suggest assembling several photos of your sculpture & taking them with you on the next cardiac appointment. Show the photos to the cardiologist & ask him point blank about welding & pacemakers. He should be able to help. Reason for the photos is to establish that you really do serious welding & are not a weekend warrior in arts. Ergo an office worker with artist leanings. This could make a difference in their advice.

Three weeks ago, I had open-heart surgery for a defective heart valve. From the begining I shared a notebook of work showing the range of my stone sculpture. This sharing was done on purpose. I impressed on them that this is my occupation and I want to return to it after the heart blip-in-the-road was concluded. I wanted to set their expectations as to what I assumed was to happen. And if my post-heart surgery strategy was not going to happen, I wanted to know now to make future plans.

So be open with your Cardiologist but definitely get an answer. You do not want to ground out your pacemaker before it has had a chance to start giving you benefits.

Jerry 04-13-2016 10:33 AM

Re: Pacemaker
Excellent suggestion as my first post-op appointment is this coming Friday. Best wishes to you on your surgery and keep on welding.

Andrew Werby 04-13-2016 03:15 PM

Re: Pacemaker
This is what Medtronic has to say about it:

You might look into oxy-acetylene...

Jerry 04-13-2016 04:44 PM

Re: Pacemaker
Andrew: Many thanks for the explicit data. Not what I had in mind but ....... would like to come up with another answer. Do you think that a 110V unit might work better?

Andrew Werby 04-14-2016 02:52 PM

Jerry and the Pacemaker
I don't know, and I'd hesitate to say it was better only to have you find out I was wrong about that. I wonder if you could build yourself a Faraday cage to weld in - there's some talk about it here:

but no firm conclusions.

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