When should I call my doctor after ICD or pacemaker surgery?

Notify your physician if you experience any of the following symptoms after a pacemaker insertion procedure:
  • fever and/or chills
  • increased pain, redness, swelling, or bleeding or other drainage from the insertion site
  • chest pain/pressure, nausea and/or vomiting, profuse sweating, dizziness and/or fainting
  • palpitations
Imran K. Niazi, MD
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
Call your doctor if you have any of these signs or symptoms after pacemaker surgery:
  • recurrence of symptoms you had before your pacemaker implant
  • swollen ankles
  • redness or drainage at the incision
  • fever
  • swelling and warmth at incision site
  • fainting, dizziness
  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • prolonged weakness or fatigue
  • excessive hiccupping
  • muscle twitching

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Pacemaker

This small, battery-operated device weighs about an ounce and sends a signal to your heart to correct a slow or irregular heartbeat. A pacemaker is implanted under the skin, usually on the left side of the chest below the collarbo...

ne. The procedure takes about an hour, and most patients go home within a day. Types of pacemakers vary; some correct a slow heartbeat, while others stop an irregular heartbeat or stop severe heart failure.
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