Resume activities gradually after pacemaker surgery. Your doctor may give you specific restrictions for activities, such as driving and exercise.
- If you were given sedation medications, you should not drive, operate heavy or potentially harmful equipment, make important legal decisions, or drink alcohol for 24 hours.
- Allow four to six weeks for normal healing after your pacemaker implant. During this time, avoid lifting objects more than 10 pounds or reaching above your head.
- Avoid activities that involve lifting or reaching with the affected arm (e.g., bowling, golf, arm exercises) for the first month. This allows the electrodes to become firmly implanted in your heart.