Don't lift more than 10 pounds for the first 2 weeks
after surgery. Your arm motion will be restricted. Don't
raise your arm above your shoulder level 4 to 6 weeks
Use soap and water on your incision every day (use a mild
antibacterial soap). If Steri-Strips® were used, they
should stay in place until they fall off or until they
are removed by your doctor at the 2 week check-up. Watch
for signs of infection (swelling, redness or drainage),
and report any to your doctor right away.
Some signs include dizziness, fainting, shortness of
breath, fatigue. Check your heart rate (pulse rate) to be
sure it's where your doctor says it should be. You will
be instructed on how to have your pacemaker checked over
Shower 2 to 3 days after your implant procedure or as
directed by your doctor.
Your doctor will advise you, based on your procedure.
Call your doctor or your pacemaker/implant clinic if:
you feel an ICD shock
you feel dizzy or feel you're going to pass out
your pulse is racing or going very slowly (lower than
the rate of your pacemaker setting)
you feel pocket pain or chest wall discomfort beyond
the 2-week period after your implant procedure
you have a serious fall
you hit your head
you have unusual colored urine or stool (including
dark brown urine and noticing red or black in your
you have a fever or sickness that gets worse
you vomit, cough or throw up blood
you have loose or runny stools or diarrhea
you have an infection
you have pain or swelling at the device insertion
you have headache, dizziness, trouble breathing,
chest pain or feel more weak or tired than usual.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Helping Your Heart, fourth edition, cvs-ahc-90648
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts
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