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Unread post  Post subject: CPAP Masks with magnets and a pacemaker  |  Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:10 pm

Joined: Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:12 am
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PAP Mask: DreamWear Full Face
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I have a pacemaker and want to know if it's safe to us a mask with magnets, i'm considering the DreamWear Full Face CPAP Mask.


Unread post  Post subject: Re: CPAP Masks with magnets and a pacemaker  |  Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:39 pm

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Location: WI
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Personally, I think you need to ask your Cardiologist

Unread post  Post subject: Re: CPAP Masks with magnets and a pacemaker  |  Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:36 am

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PAP Mask: ResMed AirFit P10
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From a sleeptech on another forum

I have been meaning to post about this for a while now. There have been a few masks come out over the last year or 2 with magnetic clips, such as the ResMed AiFit F20, The ResMed AirFit N20 and the Respironics DreamWear full face. The idea has its merits as it makes them much easier to use for people with reduced dexterity, however, it comes with a major caveat. If you have a pacemaker, defibrillator or other implanted device in your upper chest, neck or head area you must not use a mask with magnetic clips. The magnets in them can seriously interfere with the operation of your implanted device. There is a warning to this effect nestled deep in the instruction manual somewhere, but other than the the manufacturers do little to highlight this problem.

We had a patient who used one of these masks with a pacemaker and reported to us that, as every morning when he got up he felt really strange in the chest. we discovered that this was because, when he took off his mask, the magnetic strap would pass near his pacemaker and reset it to 120 beats per minute. Needless to say, we took that mask away from him and found an alternative. It can also interfere with hearing aids, cochlear implants and similar. If in doubt be cautious and do some research.

So be careful and spread the word.

I refuse to take the chance and get one. My wife is the one with a pacemaker

Unread post  Post subject: Re: CPAP Masks with magnets and a pacemaker  |  Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:44 pm

Joined: Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:18 pm
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I too have a pacemaker. I don't want anything to upset it. To be on the safe side I will avoid magnetic clip masks.


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