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Pacemaker and ICD questions and answers

What activity restrictions should I follow after having my pacemaker or defibrillator implanted?
How should I care for my incision?
What are the signs of pacemaker malfunction?
When can I shower?
When can I return to work?
When should I call my doctor?

Important tips

  • Wear your sling on your affected arm for 3 days, or 5 days if you are taking warfarin (CoumadinĀ®).
  • Call your cardiologist or your clinic if you receive even one electrical shock from your ICD. Go to the emergency room if you receive more than one shock or have symptoms after a shock.



Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Helping Your Heart, fourth edition, cvs-ahc-90648

First published: 10/04/2002
Last updated: 06/01/2007

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts