ICD and induction hobs: I have just had... - British Heart Fou...

British Heart Foundation
11,540 members7,078 posts

ICD and induction hobs

I have just had an ICD fitted and now find there are a lot of different opinions as to whether you should use an induction hob or not. I cannot get 2 feet away from it to use as advised by guidelines. Anyone else had this problem?

16 Replies
oldestnewest

My husband has an ICD. I was about to buy an induction hob but there was a notice on it saying do not use if you have a pacemaker. We took the view it wasn't worth taking a chance, but our decision was influenced by the fact he'd already had a cardiac arrest. If you cannot be 2 feet away from it as recommended, only you can decide whether to take that chance or not.

2 likes
Reply

Thank you I have had 2 cardiac arrests before the ICD implant, looks like it will have to go and it’s only 3 months old 😟

1 like
Reply

I know you must be disappointed, I was also but consoled myself with buying an halogen oven. Cooks fantastically, especially skinned chicken which can be quite dry. Not quite the same look though!!

1 like
Reply

Thanks 😀👍

Reply

I was advised against using an induction hob with a pacemaker, I haven’t seen any opinion that differs.

1 like
Reply

Thank you, that is the general opinion for most concerned unless they are tall which I am not 😟

Reply

To be honest they are the second biggest risk with ICDs/pacemakers. The most dangerous are you the industrial electromagnets used for lifting and in scrap yards. Fortunately not many people with a device fitted encounter these. I would not even advise tall people to use them as you might mean forward to pick something up or for some other reason and ⚡! Just not worth risking!

Reply

Thank you 😀

Reply

While I would be prepared to try using the hob to see what happened with my CRT pacemaker (the pacemaker technician varied my heart rate up and down shortly after it was fitted), I would be less inclined if I had an ICD. I might get a big 'kick' that I wasn't expecting :)

1 like
Reply

Hi. I had a CRTD fitted last August and was I wasn’t to get near one. Difficult if you have one but better to follow advice I think. Take care

1 like
Reply

Hello I have had an ICD for two years and frequently use an induction hob with absolutely no problems

1 like
Reply

hi, my ICD was fitted in September last year and apart from airport security I get on with my life as normal and don't worry about things like that

1 like
Reply

What type do you have? I had an S-ICD fitted on Friday at Papworth and the consultant said that they are so well insulated now that there is not really a concern. I might try and get more information from the manufacturer before doing any hob based cooking though. The only advice was stay away from large industrial magnetic fields and use your phone on the right hand side.

Reply

I have a Medtronic ICD, wasn’t told any do’s or don’t’s just given the BHF booklet which mentions them 🙄. Go back in June will check with them them, wasn’t even told not to lift my arm 😱

Reply

Think mine is a different type then. Hope your recovery goes ok, take care. This is from the Medtronic website which may be helpful to read and discuss in your follow up. medtronic.com/content/dam/m...

Reply

Thanks will take it along, very interesting 😀

Reply

You may also like...