Living With a Pacemaker
After surgery to implant a pacemaker, most patients return to their everyday activities after a short recovery time. However, each person’s experience with a pacemaker is different. Recovery periods may vary as patients gradually return to their daily activities.
While you’re healing from your heart device implant surgery, you may experience some discomfort, especially at the incision site. Your doctor may recommend limiting movement of the arm closest to the implant until the leads have appropriately secured themselves.
Your doctor will provide more detailed information on what type of movements and lifting is allowed, as well as when you can get back to normal activities.
Getting Back to Normal
With your new pacemaker, you should begin to feel like your “old self.” Gradually you’ll be able to return to the activities you enjoy and feel better because your heart is beating at a normal rate and your body is receiving the oxygen it needs.
You may still have to take medication as directed, and periodically your doctor will need to monitor your pacemaker. When people ask you about your pacemaker, tell them how well you’re doing, what you’ve accomplished so far, and what you’re planning to do soon.
Achieving the quality of life you desire is often a matter of identifying the things you enjoy doing and starting to do them again.
If you have questions about specific activities, such as returning to work or participating in exercise or sports, please ask your doctor.