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Scott W.

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So one of you guys have a pacemaker, or u know someone with a pacemaker that detects?

I was told if you have a pacemaker to stay away from electric fields, or you heart will stop (pacemaker)

I'm guessing since your pacemaker isn't located in your shoe, you're probably good to go. Here's an article from Fisher about pacemakers and metal detectors.

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"So one of you guys have a pacemaker, or u know someone with a pacemaker that detects?

I was told if you have a pacemaker to stay away from electric fields, or you heart will stop (pacemaker)

Thanks Scott "

I dont have one but my better half does. She has been detecting for ever (with it).

My ex is a nurse who works for a heart doctor as a pacemaker specialist.

You are exposed to more/stronger electrical fields in your home than while detecting.

What you do have to be careful of is the super magnet just don't get it near the pacemaker for the same reason you cant have a MRI. :)

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Scott ... not to go against what the others are saying but I have a friend and fellow prospector in Congress area with a pacemaker. He can't get close to a PI machine without having problems ... also happens when drywashing if he gets to close to the alternator of his generator that runs his vac. ... he has been stopped in his tracks in both situations. So I suggest talking to your heart specialist before going out with the PI or getting too close to the generator/alternator. It is my understanding that the VLF's don't bother his pacemaker. Better talk to the professionals you entrustr with your heart!

My 2 cents worth.

Mike F

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Hi Mike and all

My brother is a mechanic and works arround alternators all the time, with no problems,

If i remember right his doc. said it would be ok, and we thought the doc, didn't know what he was talking about. so we'll double check with his doc. fisher said they never heard of anyone having a problem with pi or vlf.(This post does not make it ok to go out for anyone with a pacemaker, check with ur doc.)

Thanks Scott :yikes:

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I don't have a pacemaker and a PI often causes my heart to stop beating. Whenever I realize how much I spent on it, whenever I find a meteorite with it and whenever I realize I forgot it at home and came 300 miles to detect. I would sugest that anyone with heart problems stay completely away from any PI machine.

I know a fellow that stands inside a 40" coil on a Lorenz Deep Max 40 hours a week and has heart trouble. I am not sure if he has a pacemaker or not but I know he has had several opeations on his heart. It does not seem to bother him at all and that thing will find a beer can at about 20 feet. I have no idea what his doctor has to say about it though. When he finds a pallasite his heart stops beating for a moment too.

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Mike,

99.9 % of so called pros haven't got a clue about the effects of detecting and pacemakers. They will err on the side of caution and advise based on the limit of their malpractice insurance.

I spoke to my x step dad today, he's an engineer @ Medtronic's the folks who make most of the pacemakers in use today.

When I told him about you friend, he said;

"I would bet his Congress friends condition and spells have nothing to due with the weak field emitted by a PI or Alternator, it's his heart or the pacemaker, get it checked ASAP"

And

"The pacemakers are made to work in the real world, and are tested in harsh conditions that include magnetic fields, EMP's and microwaves."

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Hi Guys ... I've been around this guy long enough to know that the PI does affect him in a negative way. Maybe he is the exception ... maybe he has old technology pacemaker .. one thing for sure is that at about 40 years old he is way too young to have to worry about heart problems but is dealing with it and has seen his doctor on a regular basis. All I will say beyond this is to use caution and be aware of electro-magnetic fields and radio tx signals if you do have a pacemaker or play around someone who does.

Mike F..

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