First and foremost, follow your doctor’s instructions, especially in the days and weeks after your pacemaker implantation surgery. Directly after the procedure, you’ll want to restrict your activity to allow yourself time to heal and give your body time to acclimate to this new device. This especially means limiting any jerky movements in your upper body that might disturb the implantation. Additionally, your doctor will prescribe medications that you must take responsibly and as directed. Failure to follow these instructions will make recovery difficult at best.
Adapt Your Lifestyle
Once you’ve sufficiently healed, you’ll want to make some important lifestyle changes. That may even include adjusting clothing or exercise routines that put undue pressure on the site of your pacemaker implantation. Once you’ve consulted with your cardiologist, commit to a routine of regular exercise, and make the recommended lifestyle and dietary changes. The best thing for the health of your heart is to feed it well and treat it kindly. And remember that this new lifestyle will look different for everyone. Your neighbor might be out running races with his pacemaker, but that doesn’t mean you have to as well. Work with your doctor to determine the right exercise and diet for you.
Follow Up Regularly
You might be hoping that the pacemaker implantation is the end of your cardiologist visits, but it’s very important that you continue to follow up regularly. These appointments allow your physician to monitor the device (which can be done non-invasively) as well as make any necessary adjustments to your medications or diet. Think of your cardiologist as your newest and closest confidant! You’ll be seeing lots of her in the coming months and years.
Your pacemaker implantation is the first step in a new journey in your life. So many patients who undergo this procedure have struggled to manage their heart health for years and find great comfort and relief from having this little, yet life saving device in their bodies. If you have more questions about living with a pacemaker, contact us today. We’d love to help make this next phase of your cardiac journey a success.