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    i recall when I got a medtronic device 4 years ago they said do not use chain saws. I think I have read that they either temporarily disable the device or set it off (ouch). After a couple of bad windstorms, I am in need of dispatching a couple of downed trees and saw an electric chain saw at the hardware store. Has anyone with a device used an electric chainsaw without incident? I could buy one for the price of hiring a handyman and get the job done coming out with a new tool. I'll email medtronics but curious if anyone has crossed this bridge before.
    Jall

    Diagnosed with unobstructed HCM in 2004 after a bad experience playing tennis
    Graduated to obstructed HCM by Dec, 2008.

    Life outside of HCM: Law, Photography, Tennis, Music, raising kids and camping

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    Re: chain saws

    My ICD is about a year old, so maybe some differences from yours. It is also a Medtronic. I have shied away from the chain saws. For some reason they sounded more ominous! However, I have read many accounts of people welding.....which has another possible bad outcome. Since then, I have read about how to be careful, amperages etc, and have welded on several occasions without incident. I am very careful, and only do so when very necessary.

    Dennis
    Diagnosed 1988
    ICD Feb 2014
    Mayo Dr Ommen 3/2014

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      Re: chain saws

      I know most ICD are sensitive to the electromagnetic field produced by small or large motors or high currents (as in arc welding). They don't set it off, but it could affect it in other ways - like temporarily disable them (and they generally reset within 15 minutes). Contact your Device's manufacturer for their recommendation.
      Marc
      Diagnosed @ 48
      Saw Dr. Michael Debakey @ age 5 - "He's fine, just a little noisy"
      Father to 3 boys 22, 25, 29 (all currently clear - pending genetics)
      AICD - Valentines Day '08, Spark Plug replaced 11/14
      After much research, I had a Myectomy @ Mayo for my 50th Birthday '08
      Quietly going insane . . .

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        Re: chain saws

        Yes, none of these things are recommended. And, I did not intend to encourage any misbehavior! When I asked the rep. before my implant, they said that yes, some people get away with it......but don't do it! Good advice. From my reading about chain saws, the problem is that they use a magneto, which puts out a series of high voltage charges which can be misread by your device as an issue with your heart. The result with a pace maker is to possibly/probably disable it temporally as Marc said. The ICD, as I understand it, will give you a shock rather than disabling it. Either way, not a good outcome. But, you asked and this is my experience, not my recommendation.
        Diagnosed 1988
        ICD Feb 2014
        Mayo Dr Ommen 3/2014

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