If you suffer from arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), your doctor may recommend a pacemaker. This electrically charged device can help your heart function as it should so your body can get enough blood. Pacemakers can help treat two types of arrhythmia including a heartbeat that’s too fast (tachycardia) or too slow (bradycardia).
If you recently had a pacemaker implantation surgery or have been put on the path to receive one, there are some things you’ll need to be cautious of. The good news is, you can live a pretty normal life with a pacemaker but you’ll need to be cautious of some electronic devices as they can interfere with your device. In our complete guide to living with a pacemaker, we’ll uncover what to expect after surgery, and things to avoid with a pacemaker. Let’s dive in!
What to Expect After a Pacemaker Implantation Surgery
A pacemaker implantation surgery is fairly invasive and straightforward. It also only takes a couple of hours. But what can you expect after pacemaker implantation?
First, your doctor may allow you to go home in the evening or they may keep you overnight. But before you leave, your doctor will ensure your pacemaker is programmed specifically for your needs. During your follow-up appointments, your doctor can also check on your pacemaker and reprogram it, if needed.