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Home Care after Pacemaker Generator Change (7166)

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Home Care after Pacemaker Generator Change
This handout will help you learn how to care
for yourself after your pacemaker generator
change. A nurse will go over this with you
before you go home.

Details about your pacemaker
Date your pacemaker generator was
by Dr._________________________.

Rate of your pacemaker:____________.
It may change with your activity level or
your body's needs.

The company that made your pacemaker is

Follow-up visits
You will need a clinic visit 2-3 weeks after
your pacemaker generator change is done.
The site will be checked to see how you are
healing. The pacemaker will also be
checked. This is also called interrogation.

Your follow-up visit is scheduled:

Your pacemaker will be checked about
every 3 months. In some cases, we may be
able to alternate clinic visits with remote
checks from your home. We will talk about
this at your first clinic visit.

Incision care
If DermaBond “Clear Glue” was applied to
your incision, you may shower the day after
your procedure.
If a dressing was applied over your incision:
ξ Site should be kept clean and dry (no
showering) for ________days after
the procedure.
ξ When you do shower, let the soap
and water run down the incision.
ξ Do not scrub or rub the site.
ξ Gently clean the site with soap and
water. Pat dry and leave open to air.
ξ The steri strips (the thin pieces of
tape over the incision) hold the skin
together as it heals. These should be
left in place until they fall off on
their own or the nurse will remove
them at your first visit.

Do not use any lotions or ointments over the
incision. As the site heals, you may feel
itching; this is normal. Do not scratch or rub
the site.

Look at the site daily for any signs of
ξ Redness
ξ Swelling
ξ Drainage
ξ Warmth over the site
ξ Increased tenderness
ξ Fever (101° F or greater)

If you notice any of the above, you need to
call the device clinic the same day at
(608) 263-1530.

If you have pain at the site, you may take
any mild pain reliever, Tylenol or
ibuprofen (Motrin ).

Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if
you have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your
doctor. This is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition.
Because each person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care
team when using this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 8/2017 University of
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Activity restrictions
For the first month
ξ Do not have dental work

No driving for 1 week after the procedure
(or longer if recommended by your health
care provider).

Pacemaker ID card
You have been given a temporary ID card.
Carry your card with you at all times. The
device company will mail your permanent
card to you in about 2 months. Be sure to let
all people that you see for health and dental
care know that you have a permanent
pacemaker. This includes all doctors,
nurses, dentists, chiropractors or any other
person you see for your health care.

Electrical hazards
There are certain electrical hazards to be
aware of. See blow for a list of cautions,
things to avoid, and devices that are okay to
be around. This is just a partial list. For
more information, call your device company.
The phone number is on the back of your ID

ξ Working under the hood of a running
ξ MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
ξ Electrocautery – in the operating
room or in the dentist’s office
ξ Arc welding

ξ Therapeutic radiation
ξ Cellular phones: These should be 6
inches from your pacemaker. Place
the phone on the ear opposite of your
device or use a headset.
ξ Theft detection devices: These are
often around the entrances of stores.
Walk through them as you normally
would. Do not linger near these.
ξ Airport security: Tell security staff
you have a device. Show them your
Medical Device ID card.
ξ Magnets: Magnetic snap closure (in
jackets), magnetic name badges, and
any electronic equipment with a
magnetic strip. Anything with a
magnet should be 6-8 inches from
your device.

Okay to be around
ξ Microwave ovens
ξ Hair dryers
ξ Electric blankets and heating pads
ξ Computers
ξ Radios, TVs, and stereos

When to call
Call the doctor or pacemaker nurse the
same day if:
ξ You feel dizzy, lightheaded, or the
symptoms come back that you had
before your pacemaker was placed.
ξ Your heart rate drops below the
programmed rate, call the Pacemaker
Clinic. If you cannot get in touch
with the clinic, call your local doctor.
ξ You have any signs of infection.

Who to call
UW Health Heart and Vascular Clinic
ξ Monday to Friday: (608) 263-1530
ξ After hours, nights, weekends, and
holidays, this number is answered by
the message center. Ask for the
cardiology fellow on call. Give the
operator your full name and phone
number with the area code. The
doctor will call you back.
ξ If you live out of the area, please call