Exercise Tips if You Have a Pacemaker or ICD - Topic Overview
If you have a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), here are some exercise tips to follow during
your cardiac rehab program.
Choose continuous rhythmic activities such as
walking, cycling, or water exercises.
Always warm up and cool
Avoid extreme environmental conditions. If it is too hot or
cold, exercise inside only.
Always wear loose, comfortable clothes
and shoes that fit properly.
Avoid contact sports, which may
dislodge the pacemaker or ICD.
Do not hold your breath for any
reason, especially when you strain.
exercising if you feel any:
Pressure or pain in your chest, neck, arm,
jaw, or shoulder.
Dizziness, lightheadedness, or
Unusual shortness of breath.
Heartbeat that feels unusual for you: too fast, too
slow, or skipping a beat.
Other symptoms that cause you
Shock from the ICD.
If you have an ICD, be sure you and your doctor have a plan for what to do if you get a shock. Talk to your doctor if you need to make a plan. For more information, see the topic Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD).