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Pacemaker device maintenance

To help ensure that your pacemaker device continues to work properly and that you receive appropriate care at all times:

  • Carry your device identification card with you at all times.
  • Avoid activities that may cause you to fall on your device or be hit near the implant site.
  • Keep small electronic devices and appliances (including cellular phones) at least six inches away from your device.
  • Avoid large machinery, high voltage and industrial equipment.
  • If you need to enter a secured area such as airports or court houses, show your device card to the security personnel and follow their instructions. Request a hand search instead of the use of security wands.
  • Avoiding standing or resting against the security gates.
  • Avoid standing or resting against anti-theft detectors in stores.
  • Always tell any doctors, dentists or other medical personnel that you have a pacemaker. This is especially important if you have surgery.
  • Keep regular appointments with your doctors and the pacemaker/defibrillator clinic.


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