Can you Play Laser Tag with a Pacemaker?

Yes and No.

Most laser tag centers say that youmust not play laser tag with a pacemaker. Many laser tag vests have small magnets that may interfere with the pacemaker’s working.

On the contrary, many people say you can play laser tag with a pacemaker. There is a lot of confusion surrounding this subject. We will explain the best way to figure out if playing laser tag with a pacemaker is safe.

best way to figure out if playing laser tag with a pacemaker is safe.

How to decide if you can play Laser Tag with a Pacemaker?

Consult your Doctor: A pragmatic approach towards deciding whether to play laser tag if you have a pacemaker would be to ask your doctor. Your doctor will tell you whether your pacemaker is okay with laser tag. They’ll probably tell you to check with the laser tag center if the vests have magnets or not because magnets interfere with the pacemaker’s working and can cause serious problems for you.

Check with Laser Tag Center: Ask your local laser tag center before playing. Some centers strongly recommend not playing with a pacemaker, while some allow people with pacemakers to play. The confusion is due to a lack of research on this subject.Don’t forget to ask them about magnets in their vests.

Pacemaker Manufacturers: You can also ask your pacemaker manufacturers if you can play laser tag. For example, Boston Scientific, a leading pacemaker manufacturer, has issued a compatibility guide for pacemakers, ICDs, S-ICDs, and heart failure devices. The compatibility guide contains detailed information for various activities, including gaming consoles, home, and car appliances, toys, casinos, metal detectors, roller coaster (electromagnetic and traditional), trains, blood pressure monitor and many others.

Let’s see what Boston Scientific says about laser tag and pacemakers.

“Use precautions: Maintain at least a 6-inch (15 cm) separation between any magnet in the vest and the implanted device. Low risk of laser tag gun and associated detection circuit in the vest affecting the Pacemaker or ICD. The device uses only light energy; however, some vests may contain magnets and/or a radio frequency transmitter that communicates to a scoreboard.”

“Use Precaution” means, “When you are near any of these items, you should use precautions. Check with your doctor for detailed information before using these items. Any medical equipment, treatment, therapy, or diagnostic test that introduces electrical current into the body may have the potential to interfere with implanted cardiac device therapy.”

Can you play Laser Tag with a Heart Condition? 

Laser tag is a physically challenging game. You may have to climb, duck, and hide during the gameplay. The exertion can lead to increased blood pressure, heart rate, and an adrenaline rush. This may lead to a serious problem. Hence, we recommend you consult your doctor before playing laser tag with a heart condition.

Can I play Laser Tag with a Wheelchair? 

There is no issue playing laser tag with a wheelchair. However, most game arenas have obstacles, ramps, and reliefs that may cause problems for people with a wheelchair. You can bring an assistant or choose outdoor arenas as they have lesser obstacles and ramps.

Can people who use one hand play Laser Tag? 

Yes. People who use only one hand can play laser tag. However, you’ll have to request game center staff to change the gun settings as most guns are programmed to be used with both hands.

Can Pregnant Women play Laser Tag?

Pregnant women must avoid laser tag as the game can be physically challenging and involve the risk of falling or injury. You must consult your doctor and check the center’s rules before playing.

However, you can play laser tag while pregnant if you are in control of your body and know your limits. Make sure you go slow and don’t push yourself to extreme limits.

Can people with Migraine/Epilepsy play Laser Tag? 

No. It is not recommended to play laser tag if flickering lights and music set off migraine or epilepsy. The flickering lights in the game center, vests, and guns may increase migraine set-off risk.

and guns may increase migraine set-off risk.

Can I play Laser Tag if I have Asthma?

You must avoid laser tag if you have asthma, as physical activity can set off asthma attacks. Moreover, many indoor arenas use artificial smoke to make laser beams visible. The artificial smoke can set off asthma or respiratory problems if you suffer from a medical condition. It can also create trouble for people who have a smoke allergy.

Hence, you must consult your doctor before playing laser tag if you have asthma.

Can I play Laser Tag if I am wearing Plaster Cast?

No. You must not play laser tag if you are wearing a plaster cast. Laser tag involves falling and injury risk. Any such accident can aggravate your injury.

Can people with Hearing Aid play Laser Tag?

It depends on the type of hearing aid you wear. You must consult your doctor and decide whether you can play laser tag with a hearing aid.

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