Thank you Derek,
I do not speak British! Hobs is not in the medical literarture but household appliances and cooktops are. The following comes from Medscape.com for physicians. I do not know if it is available on WEBMD which is the public version. This is referenced to these articles which you can find: Goldschlager, N, Epstein, A, Friedman, P, et al. Environmental and Drug Effects on Patients With Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter/Defibrillators: A Practical Guide to Patient Treatment. Arch Intern Med 2001; 161:649. Irnich, W, Bernstein, AD. Do induction cooktops interfere with cardiac pacemakers?. Europace 2006; 8:377.
This is what the abstract has to say:
Although there are no studies that have systematically evaluated the effect of household microwave energy on implanted devices, it is widely accepted that contemporary pacemakers and ICDs are adequately shielded from microwave energy produced by modern appliances . Pacemaker manufacturers do not recommend any special precautions when using common household appliances, such as televisions, radios, toasters, microwave ovens, and electric blankets. As new appliances reach the market that use a new or different energy source, the appliances need to be tested to determine whether there is any potential for device interference.
There are circumstances in which a device may be affected by specific sources of energy under narrow circumstances. This was illustrated in a study assessing the potential for induction cooktops to interfere with pacemaker function. Patients with a unipolar, left-sided implant could experience interference if the pot was not concentrically placed on the induction coil and if the patient stood as close as possible to the cooktop. The most common response to interference was a reset to an asynchronous interference mode . Most contemporary devices utilize bipolar pacing.
This means for you, if you have a late model pacer and/or a dual limb leads you have nothing to worry about. If your pacer is before the year 2001 and/or you have a single lead then the pot needs to completely cover your hob and you need to avoid getting too close. No matter how old your device is they all have a default mode so you will never be left exposed to slow heart rates that will kill you but the device will not function properly if left in the default mode.
If you are worried maybe for Christmas you can get a new stove?
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