Living With Your Pacemaker

Updated:Aug 16,2012

Modern pacemakers are built to last. But as with any electronic device, they require some care (View an animation of a pacemaker). Do your part to help your pacemaker manage your heart rhythm.

Learn about living with your pacemaker:

to avoid unnecessary worry

  • Before you leave the hospital, discuss with your doctor the specific maximum acceptable heart rate above your pacemaker rate.
  • Discuss the programmed lower and upper rate for your pacemaker.
  • A sudden, major slowing down of your heart rate, which you may detect, probably indicates a more serious problem. If that occurs, call your doctor.

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