For those who have arrhythmia (erratic heartbeat), a pacemaker may be recommended to regulate heart rate. After the pacemaker is implanted, the doctor will go over detailed restrictions and precautions. It’s important to understand these instructions. Do not be afraid to ask questions as the doctor will want to make sure everything is clear. To that end, here are some common tips for living with a pacemaker. These tips are provided by the American Heart Association.
- For the first eight weeks, try to avoid sudden movements that cause the arm to pull away from the body. This allows time for the pacemaker to firmly settle in place.
- Soon after, you should be able to perform normal activities for a person of your age. Talk to your doctor about how and when to increase activity.
- When doing activity, don’t overdo it. Quit before you get tired.
- You can take baths and showers. The pacemaker is protected against water.
- Stay away from magnets or strong electrical fields. These can interfere with pacemakers.
- Let your other doctors, nurses, dentists, and medical technicians know you have a pacemaker.
Your doctor will schedule checkups to make sure the pacemaker is functioning correctly. There is a chance for complications. Contact your doctor if you have difficulty breathing, swelling of the legs and ankles, weight gain, or dizzy spells.