Aa
A
A
Close
Avatar universal
Heart Pacemaker Problem.
My Uncle who is 75, has had a Pacemaker for the last 5yrs, with no problems. However, in the last few days, he went to the local shop in the snow, with the temperature outside a few degrees below zero. After arriving home, he collapsed, but was oblivious to the fact when he came round. He was taken to hospital and given a good checking over, but nothing was found to be amiss. A couple of days later, he again fell over, resulting in a black eye and a cut nose. My question is:- Could the extreme cold weather, and then coming in to a warm house, affect the way the Pacemaker works?   Thanks, busted590
Cancel
1 Answers
Page 1 of 1
367994 tn?1304957193
Yes, weather can cause a problem.  It is called the Triboelectric phenomena and are rarely considered in the differential diagnosis of pacemaker interference or artifacts in the standard electrocardiogram. Static electricity or triboelectric phenomena occur more commonly during very cold weather and very low relative humidity.

Triboelectric signals are usually wider and more irregular than pacemaker stimuli and often recognizable as artifacts.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Your Answer
Avatar universal
Answer
Know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Submit Answer
A
A
Top Heart Disease Answerers
159619 tn?1318997813
Blank
Salt Lake City, UT
11548417 tn?1440481484
Blank
Netherlands
Avatar universal
Blank
Avatar universal
Blank
Avatar universal
Blank
Ireland
Blank
BloodPressure Tracker
Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Start Tracking Now
Blank
HeartRhythm Tracker
Track your Heart Condition
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
4522800 tn?1459192030
Blank
VICourageous MH Family..sure can use som... Comment
4 hrs ago
4522800 tn?1459192030
Blank
VICourageous commented on 10356's status
5 hrs ago
1236893 tn?1408490528
Blank
gymdandee commented on Gun Disarm Technique...
6 hrs ago
Heart Disease Community Resources