Electromagnetic Compatibility With Your Heart Device


Most people adjust rapidly to their heart device. Once the wound has completely healed, there is no problem with taking walks, working in the garden, playing sports or bathing. You may want to avoid activities which cause pressure to be exerted on your chest or possibly dangerous types of sports or activities where a brief fainting spell could endanger you or others. As long as your doctor has no objections, you can resume all the activities you enjoyed before getting your heart device.

Speak with your family and friends about the heart device as it can make you feel more secure.

Support groups and associations can be of valuable assistance.

Heart devices are built with protective shields, so the majority of items that you use or come into contact with will not affect the normal operation of your heart device.

However, items that generate or use electricity, or transmit wireless signals have electromagnetic fields around them. Electromagnetic compatibility is the relationship between these electromagnetic fields and your heart device. If the electromagnetic fields surrounding an item are too close to your heart device - and your device happens to detect these fields - this may temporarily affect its normal function. This same effect may also occur if the item being touched is not in good working order or properly wired, causing electrical current to flow into your body. In addition, we recommend you maintain a minimum distance between certain items and your heart device. This will help to avoid any temporary effect on your heart device.

What to do if you think an item is affecting your heart device?

If you feel dizzy, lightheaded, a change in heart rate, or receive a shock while using an item, simply release whatever you’re touching or move away from it. Any temporary effect is unlikely to cause reprogramming or damage to your heart device. Your device is designed to return to normal operation. Of course, if your symptoms continue or do not improve, contact your doctor as soon as possible.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.



Subject to local availability

Free-of-charge number

Ability to leave voicemail outside of office hours