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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2015: Health Question
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John W Dennis on Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 08:12 pm:

My wife and have driven my 1918 Model T Touring for about 30 years. Last December I have had an I.C.D. (defibrillator / pace maker combination) implanted in my chest. The doctor advised that he is not familiar with a Model T. However, being close to a strong magnetic field may neutralize the I.C.D. device. My question is "does any of our members have an I.C.D. implanted and know if it is safe to drive or ride in the Model T?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dave Dufault on Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 08:29 pm:

John,

You are not alone....

see these for some thoughts/opinions:

http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/411944/440750.html?1398586907

http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/331880/340869.html?1360370794

Best wishes for more years of T enjoyment!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bud Holzschuh - Panama City, FL on Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 08:29 pm:

John

Seems I remember a post about this in the last year or so. You might try a search. I THINK the conclusion was ... no problem.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Hap Tucker in Sumter SC on Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 08:30 pm:

John,

Good question. It has been discussed before and a recent thread is located at: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/506218/507028.html

I don't have a pacemaker (at least not yet) so I didn't read it real close. But from skimming it, the T magneto does not have a big enough magnet to cause a problem unless you were hugging the magnets. Recommend you look it over and the link to previous posting that it provides.

Respectfully submitted,

Hap l9l5 cut off


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bud Holzschuh - Panama City, FL on Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 08:31 pm:

Oops Dave beat me by a second


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Terry Woods, Richmond, Texas on Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 08:39 pm:

John, I have a pacemaker, but not a defibrillator combo. I think in the normal cranking position (in front) or in the normal driving position, a person would be OK, but I wouldn't stand on the side of the motor while it was running to adjust anything. That close a distance to the magneto might cause a problem.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ted Dumas on Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 09:24 pm:

I have a pacemaker defribillator. I have had no difficulty with the Model T ignition, chainsaws etc. My only instructions were no arc welding.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Verne Shirk on Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 09:40 pm:

I would talk to the company who made the pacemaker/defibrillator. There should be a number for you to call with the information they gave you about your device.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Burger in Spokane on Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 10:37 pm:

The vibration of my TT causes me to have erections lasting for more than
four hours. Should I consult my physician or just consider myself lucky ? :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Clayton Swanson on Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 10:50 pm:

burger, i would say lucky, but i warn you not to drive it more than 4 hours without consulting a doctor


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Paul Mikeska, Denver CO on Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 10:57 pm:

Berger,

I am going to guess that you are lucky. LOL.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Evan in Paso Robles on Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 11:03 pm:

Burger,

Does your TT have a Warford or Ruckstell? One more "lever" may be confusing in a panic situation.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Marvin Konrad on Monday, February 16, 2015 - 12:11 am:

"If it's good for four hours - Who would need 'help'??"


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ken Kopsky, Lytle TX on Monday, February 16, 2015 - 09:58 am:

I would ask your doctor or the maker for specific EM limits of when it will start to affect the ICD. Milligauss (mG) can be measured at various distances with some pretty simple and inexpensive devices. I've got one that measures 1.5 to 30mG.

For instance; Walking in front of a TV can expose you to 3-30mG depending on how close you are. Your LED computer display probably emits around 15mG. These fall-off quickly as the distance increases.

I don't have access to a running T but if I remember to take the meter with me, I can get a few readings when I go to George House's place Thursday. I suspect that if the only restriction is arc welding, you should be ok. Arc welding emits huge amounts of EM from the entire panel and the cables. I've seen it stand grinding dust up feet from the weld. That's well beyond the mG scale.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Aaron Griffey, Hayward Ca. on Monday, February 16, 2015 - 11:08 am:

The rest home my cousin works at they give Viagra to the old guys at night so they don't roll out of bed.


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