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What can I expect after my pacemaker procedure?

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After your pacemaker procedure, you’ll probably stay in the hospital overnight, so your healthcare team can monitor your heartbeat. The next morning you’ll have a device check to make sure the leads and generator are working well.

You’ll get a pacemaker ID card that identifies the type of pacemaker you have, when it was placed, and who performed the procedure. You’ll get a permanent card in the mail in a few weeks. Carry the ID card with you at all times.

Expect to stay in the hospital overnight so your health care team can check your heartbeat and make sure your pacemaker is working properly. You'll probably have to arrange for a ride to and from the hospital because your doctor may not want you to drive yourself.

For a few days to weeks after surgery, you may have pain, swelling, or tenderness in the area where your pacemaker was placed. The pain usually is mild, and over-the-counter medicines often can relieve it. Talk to your doctor before taking any pain medicines.

Your doctor may ask you to avoid vigorous activities and heavy lifting for about a month after pacemaker surgery. Most people return to their normal activities within a few days of having the surgery.

This answer from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has been reviewed and/or edited by Dr. William D. Knopf.

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