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How do I prepare for a pacemaker procedure?

There are several things you can do to get ready for a pacemaker placement procedure and make it go more smoothly:
  • Arrange for time off work. You can return to work when your doctor says it's okay, usually after a week or so.
  • Tell your doctor about medications and allergies. Along with prescription medications, include over-the-counter drugs, herbs, and vitamins.
  • Follow your doctor's directions about medications. You may be asked to stop taking certain blood thinners before the procedure.
  • Arrange for a ride. Ask someone to drive you to and from the hospital.
  • Fast for 6 to 8 hours before the procedure. If the procedure is in the morning, don't eat or drink anything after midnight the night before.

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