Heart Problems: Living With a Pacemaker
A pacemaker keeps your heart from beating too slowly. It's important to know how this device works and how to keep it working right. Learning a few important facts about pacemakers can help you get the best results from your device.
You may have a device that combines a pacemaker and an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), which can shock your heart back to a normal rhythm. For more information on ICDs, see Reference Reference Heart Problems: Living With an ICD.
- Avoid strong magnetic and electrical fields. These can keep your device from working right.
- Most office equipment and home appliances are safe to use. Learn which things you should use with caution and which you should stay away from.
- Be sure that any doctor, dentist, or other health professional you see knows that you have a pacemaker.
- Always carry a card in your wallet that tells what kind of device you have. Wear medical alert jewelry that says you have a pacemaker.
- Have your pacemaker checked regularly to make sure it is working right.
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|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: April 20, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology