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A pacemaker is an electrical device that is used to correct and regulate an abnormal heart rhythm.
You will be given an identification card to carry with you at all times. This will have details about you, your pacemaker, your doctor and the hospital you attend.
You can usually resume your normal day to day activities once your wound has healed .
After about a month it is usually possible to resume most exercise and sexual activity and forget about the pacemaker. However, contact sports such as football and rugby are not usually advised as the pacemaker could be damaged.
You will need regular check–ups, usually at a pacemaker clinic, to ensure your pacemaker is working properly and to monitor the battery life.
At first your doctor may want to see you every month; once things are stable your check ups will be every 3 – 12 months.
Most pacemakers are designed with built–in features to protect them from common types of electrical interference that you might encounter.
If, however, you suspect electrical interference with your pacemaker, simply move away or turn off the equipment. Sit down if you feel dizzy and contact your doctor if you continue to feel unwell.
Remember to tell medical, nursing and dental staff about your pacemaker before any test or procedure using medical / electronic devices.
Apart from electric welding equipment there is no reason why having a pacemaker should affect your work.
You should discuss, with your doctor, what equipment is dangerous to use and how close you can be to electrical equipment. Tell your employer about your pacemaker and ask them to contact your doctor if they need any advice.
Your pacemaker can cope perfectly well with the exertion of lovemaking, especially if you are still fairly active in your daily life.
If your heart is in good condition you can get pregnant without any problems. However it is best to discuss your overall health with your doctor before trying to get getting pregnant.
Your doctor will help to answer any questions you may have
You must inform the DVLA that you have a pacemaker. Visit the driving with a heart condition page for more information.
You will need to tell airport security that you have a pacemaker as the metal in the box may set off the alarm. The flying with a heart condition page has further information about travel.
Even though you can expect to feel well, after having your pacemaker fitted, you do still have a heart condition. So it is advisable to tell your insurance company in case they refuse compensation or benefits in the future because you failed to disclose details. Compare companies before paying a higher premium.
It is likely that you may have some fears about having a pacemaker. Fear that the pacemaker will suddenly fail or the realisation that your heart is not completely perfect may make you feel vulnerable. Concern for your partner or children can also make you feel fearful.
It is normal to have these feelings and it can help a lot to talk about them to someone close to you.