Pacemaker artefact may occur with vibration equipment
Patient : I would like to use an exercise machine called a power plate. This is a piece of equipment which promotes muscle toning, improved circulation etc through vibration. there are no electrical impulses or magnets involved. However, as I have a pacemaker which was inserted five years ago for sino atrial disease the info provided advises against. My GP does not know why nor does the technician at the pacemaker clinic. I am 59 years old, am not overweight and am reasonably fit. No other health problems. Would greatly appreciate an answer.
The problem with this vibration equipment device is that it can result in movement arterfact, which may be interpreted by the pacemaker as a normal heart beat. If your heart goes very slow but the movement artefact is interpreted as a normal heart beat, this will inhibit the pacemaker, and therefore your heart rate could drop dramatically which may result in loss of consciousness or collapse. Therefore I would not recommend use of this vibration equipment device.
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