How should I prepare my child for his or her pacemaker procedure?

There are several things you can do to get ready for your child's pacemaker procedure and make it go more smoothly.
  • Arrange for time off work or school. Your child can return to work or school when the doctor says it's okay, usually after a week or so.
  • Tell your child's doctor about medications and allergies. Along with prescription medications, include over-the-counter drugs, herbs, and vitamins.
  • Follow the doctor's directions about medications. Your child may need to stop taking certain blood thinners before the procedure.
  • Arrange for a ride. You or someone else needs to give your child a ride to and from the hospital.
  • Have your child fast (no food or drink) for 6 to 8 hours before the procedure. If the procedure is in the morning, your child should not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before.

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