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All questions are answered by Dr Oliver Firth, one of the doctors at the London Diving Chamber. Dr Firth has had a wide variety of experience as a doctor in both the UK and Australia. He writes regularly for ‘Sport Diver’ Magazine and gives talk on hyperbaric medicine.

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Question - Diving with a pacemaker?
Hi, I've been given the all clear from my cariologist and PM maker St Jude, my PM is rated to 60mtrs, but this can affect the way it works in a ...
1 September Thursday, 2:19 PM
Question - Diving with a pacemaker/fitness testing?
Hi, I have a st jude pacemaker depth tested to 60mtrs and my cardiologist said it's fine to dive to this would prefer me to go no deeper than 5 ...
1 September Thursday, 2:18 PM
Question - Hi. I am in instructor, in the last 3yrs my ears have become spongy making equalising a akward sometimes, ie, Cesa, up & down with dsd etc. I th ...
I unfortunately had to force equalise coming headfirst down a swin-thru 2 wks ago. Been out of water for 14 days, on antibotics for 7 days, then ...
31 August Wednesday, 8:18 AM
Question - Can I dive if I have server fatty liver I am male 51 thank you firefox
22 August Monday, 7:28 PM
Question - Hi, I had an orbital floor fracture repaired on 31/05/2011, I just wanted to check, is it safe for me to start snorkeling and spearfishing, and al ...
25 July Monday, 4:17 PM
Question - Hi, i have recently developed breathing problems, just occasional shortness of breath and sometime forced exhaling. i understand it sounds like as ...
I do not seem to struggle whilst underwater, and have stopped smoking since it has been affecting me. i was not an iverly heavy smoker anyway, but ...
21 July Thursday, 3:07 PM
Question - I was diagnosed with bipolar affective disease i 2005 and have been on lithium ever since. I've had no relapse since then and have obtained steady ...
18 July Monday, 1:24 PM
Question - how to prevent getting water in the ears
Would it be ok if i use an ear plugg while diving? I am fedup with getting water in my middle ear and then wait 2 weeks for it to get better.
12 July Tuesday, 10:09 AM
Question - I'm a 67 year old male advance open water diver and i have just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes,will this stop me diving bor is it safe bto ca ...
12 July Tuesday, 10:04 AM
Question - I'm a 67 year old male advance open water diver and i have just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes,will this stop me diving or is it safe to carr ...
12 July Tuesday, 10:03 AM
Question - I have just read your piece on scuba diving diabetic, i am a 48 year old diabetic type 2 and would like to dive, i have started to do the pape ...
11 July Monday, 9:19 AM
Question - I am 67 years old and am on finasteride for an enlarged prostrate and I had a cystocopy including a minor cathertisation 6 months ago but am not ...
30 June Thursday, 9:27 AM
Question - I am a 29 year old lady who has a shark dive booked in this country for end of June, unfortunately I am booked in for a small op under general ana ...
31 May Tuesday, 3:44 PM
Question - Hello, I plan to take commercial diver course in near future. I have a few health issues though and I would really appreciate if you could give s ...
24 March Thursday, 1:37 PM
Question - hi doc. i have just been diagnosed with type2 diabetes can you still dive.
24 March Thursday, 1:30 PM
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