What symptoms should worry me after the pacemaker implantation?

Some symptoms are absolutely normal after this type of intervention. Others might announce the onset of complications.

"Often a patient feels fine, but a minor adjustment needs to be made - this can prevent bigger problems down the road", says Dr.Ibrahim D. Helmy, a highly regarded Cardiologist with over 29 years of practice.

At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, the goal is that every patient is being monitored continually and followed up with periodically, in order to pick up problems before they experience symptoms. If a patient isn’t under the regular care of a cardiologist, he/she may experience physical symptoms when a pacemaker stops working properly or requires adjustment. These can include:

  • weakness for a prolonged period
  • fever
  • pain in the chest
  • dizziness
  • shortness of breath
  • pain or swelling in the pacemaker location
  • swelling of the arm on the side where the pacemaker was implanted

Anyone with a pacemaker who is experiencing the above-mentioned symptoms should seek medical help right away.

Check-ups are compulsory after pacemaker implantation

Check-ups are essential after you have had pacemaker implantation. The first one will take place 4-6 weeks after the surgery. Then, you’ll need to follow up every 3 to 12 months. During these meetings, your doctor will be able to evaluate the outcome of your surgery and provide you with the most appropriate guidelines.

You will learn what contraindications and recommendations apply to each stage of your recovery at your follow-up appointments.

Activities and exercise

After you have your pacemaker implanted, your doctor will go over detailed restrictions and precautions. Make sure that you fully understand these instructions, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Doctors recommend that you avoid effort for 4-6 weeks after pacemaker implantation. Strenuous activities like sports can cause malfunctions to your device, this is why you shouldn’t resume them right after the surgery.

Your doctor will tell you when you can gradually resume your workout routine. If you practice contact sports, you should avoid collision and wear protective equipment. It is also important to protect your surgical wound from sun exposure so that you avoid scarring.


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