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Tanning Beds w/ ICD


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  • Tanning Beds w/ ICD

    Does anyone know if it is safe to use tanning beds w/ and ICD/pacers? DH got me a tanning package for v-day and I was wondering. I usually tan a few times before summer to get my summer glow going..... ha, ha

    Heather, 43, non-obstructive HCM, dx'd at age 14, AICD implanted 11-02, PVAI ablation done for a-fib and a-flutter 5-2010. 2nd PVAI done for a-flutter and a-tach 3-2014. 3rd PVAI for a-flutter June 2015, dr forgot to reset ICD settings and I went into vt and almost died, July 2015, July 2015-started tx work up, October 2015, put on list in Dallas and tx'd on November 14, 2015.

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    Heather, I don't know. I looked up defibrillators on the Medtronic website and didn't see the tanning beds mentioned. My husband did use a tanning bed last spring and had no side effects. I suggest you contact the manufacturer of the device and ask them.


    Husband has HCM.
    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.


    • #3
      I think you are OK with the ICD it is the HCM you need to becareful of!
      Watch for dehydration.
      Call the Medtronic 800 # and ask a tech or check there website for a list of equipment to avoid.
      Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
      YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

      Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
      lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
      Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
      Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
      Currently not obstructed
      Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)


      • #4
        Heather, in addition to what Lisa and Reenie have told you, check your meds carefully. Many warn to be careful in sun. I'm sure Sarah will add on this one, but some meds increase sensitivity to sunlight (that's kind of like a tanning bed ). Enjoy your gift, but be careful. Linda


        • #5


          If you are on amiodarone (aka Cordarone), sun (or fake sun) is a big no-no.

          I won't go into the dangers of tanning beds in general as you are a grown up and can make those decisions for yourself.

          take care,