Almost everyone who loves amusement parks has a favorite ride. And if you’re a roller coaster fanatic, then you fit right into the statistic.
About 90% of people choose roller coasters as their go-to ride. However, if you suffer from a heart condition, most thrill rides can become unavailable to you, casting you out of the waiting lines. But what about people with remote cardiac monitoring devices? Can you ride roller coasters with a pacemaker?
If you love amusement parks but are stuck with a pacemaker, read this blog to find out whether or not it is safe for you to step up to your favorite ride.
What is a Pacemaker?
A pacemaker is a small medical device that helps record and regulate one’s heartbeat. It is usually implanted under the skin, near your left collarbone, so that it can be connected to your heart through the wires and nodes.
Once inserted, a pacemaker monitors the heart’s electrical activity, sending pulses every now and then as the heartbeat drops or comes close to slowing down. Its purpose is to keep your heart’s rhythm at a normal pace, ensuring it continues to beat independently.
Moreover, pacemakers are only used for people who suffer from bradycardia, tachycardia, heart block, or other related cardiac conditions.
Can You Ride Roller Coasters With a Pacemaker?
Yes, and no. Riding a thrill ride like a roller coaster can have many ups and downs — quite literally — which is why it is best to ask your doctor for more information, specifically about your case.
Generally, though, riding a roller coaster with dips and turns is not recommended for those with a pacemaker as it could prove to be fatal. Since these rides use full speed and acceleration, along with sudden jerky movements, direction changes, and sharp trists, the pressure could affect the wiring system, accidentally pulling one out.
In addition, if the effect of the roller coaster is too intense, the pacemaker might disrupt its battery pack, causing a lot of pain and discomfort after. Thus, no matter how fun and exciting roller coasters may be, you sadly will not be permitted to ride one if you get a remote cardiac device implanted in your chest. This is especially true if your doctor has told you to avoid electromagnetic fields.
Unfortunately, if you have a pacemaker, you may not be able to ride a roller coaster. But before you get disheartened, make sure to ask your doctor, just in case. Depending on your circumstances, you might get cleared to enjoy all your favorite rides at the amusement park without missing out on the fun.
For more information on remote cardiac monitoring devices, feel free to contact Octagos Health at (281) 769-8733. You can also drop by and visit us in person at 13325 Hargrave Rd Suite 281, Houston, TX 77070. We are located on the first floor of the Hargrave Plaza.