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I had a St Jude Pacemaker implanted on Oct. 5th. My Dr. gave

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I had a St Jude Pacemaker implanted on Oct. 5th. My Dr. gave me no choice as to which side it would be placed on!!!. (" I put all pacemakers on the right side" he said.). I am a right handed skeet/trap/sporting clays shotgun shooter. Will I be able to shoot again??? I have been using a recoil pad over the pacemaker implant (on my own) and have subsequently had my pacemaker checked for operation. It seems to be OK. Do you have any comment? I am afraid to bring this up with my Dr.. Thanks. ***** ***@******.*** (###) ###-####
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cardiology
Expert:  DrRussMd replied 1 year ago.


You have to clear this with your cardiologist.

However, there is no reason electromagnetically that your pacer should be affected.

If everything is healed and there is mechanical protection , you are probably OK.

However, there is a theoretical risk of the force of the impact affecting lead placement.

This would be very rare.

Talk to your doctor.

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Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

Your doctor should have placed it on your left side and it absolutely can be moved

I have many patients that have it on the left.