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How should I restrict my activities after a pacemaker procedure?

Ravi K. Sureddi, MD
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
Patients need to observe a few restrictions for six to eight weeks after getting a pacemaker or an ICD (defibrillator). In this video, Ravi K. Sureddi, MD, a cardiac electrophysiologist at Riverside Community Hospital, describes these restrictions.

When you go home, you will gradually increase your activity.

  • Follow your doctor’s instructions about keeping your arm still for the first few days. You might need to wear a sling for the first 24 to 48 hours.
  • Ask your doctor about when to resume sexual activity. You may need to avoid sex for the first week. Pacemaker activity will generally not interfere with sexual activity after the first 7 days.

Check with your doctor about activity during the first 6 to 8 weeks, and about when you can return to work. Ask specifically about:

  • Lifting objects or driving
  • Activities that involve raising your arms, such as golfing, bowling, tennis, swimming, or diving
  • Activities that could bump or jar the pacemaker site, such as contact sports, using an air hammer, or firing a rifle
  • Talk to your doctor about exercises that will gradually increase your range of motion

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