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30 Nov 2005

Pacemakers
Is it safe to fly on long journeys with a pacemaker?
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HeartDoc

01 Jan 0001


Dear Margie,

There should be no special problems, if the aircraft is correctly pressurised, and you are able to keep moving around to avoid deep vein thrombosis. The only other risk may be electrical interference : I suggest that you approach a travel clinic on this topic. The doctors there will be in a better position to advise you about this.

You would be wise to inform the cabin crew that you have a pacemaker, so that they will be better prepared to help should you have a problem.

At the airports, remember that when you pass through security gates (detectors) you must walk through briskly, and not linger, as your pacemaker can be affected and may malfunction.

Enjoy your trip.

HeartDoc
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