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What are the possible risks of a pacemaker procedure?

Potential risks and complications of a pacemaker procedure include:
  • Bleeding or infection where the pacemaker’s pulse generator was inserted
  • Problems related to the anesthetic
  • Nerve or blood vessel damage
  • Problems caused by electronic devices
Call your doctor if you experience any of these severe symptoms following a pacemaker placement procedure:
  • Redness, swelling, or drainage around the wound
  • A wound that separates or isn't healing
  • A fever over 101 degrees F
  • Joint stiffness, pain, or weakness in your arm
  • Fainting or feeling light-headed or dizzy
  • Very fast or slow heartbeat
  • Swelling in your hands or ankles
  • Constantly feeling tired
  • Hiccups that won't go away
  • Chest pain, or a kicking sensation in your chest
  • Twitching muscles in your chest or abdomen

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