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. To learn more about ICDs, see 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
- Always carry a card in your wallet that tells
what kind of device you have. Wear medical alert jewelry that says you have a
- Have your pacemaker checked regularly to
make sure it is working right.
How do you get the best results from a pacemaker?