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Home Care after Permanent Leadless Pacemaker Placement (7997)

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Home Care after Permanent Leadless Pacemaker Placement
This handout will help you learn how to care
for yourself after getting a permanent
leadless pacemaker. A nurse will review
this with you before you go home.
What is a leadless pacemaker?
A leadless pacemaker is a small capsule-size
electronic device. It is placed inside your
heart. It helps pace your heart in order to
keep a healthy heart rate. It senses if the
heart is beating too slowly or pausing too
long between heart beats. If it senses a slow
heart rate or a pause that is too long, it will
send electrical impulses to keep your heart
rate steady.
Details about your pacemaker
Date your pacemaker was placed:
___________ 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 is placed. 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:
Date: ____________________________
Time: ____________________________
Location: _________________________
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
ξ Do not shower for 24 hours.
ξ Remove the Band-Aid over the
implant access site before taking a
ξ For 3 days, gently clean the site with
soap and water. Pat dry and leave
open to air.
ξ Keep the site dry.
ξ Look at the site daily for redness,
swelling or drainage.
Restrictions for 7 days after pacemaker
ξ Do not lift more than 10 pounds.
ξ Do not strain or participate in
vigorous activity.
ξ Do not sit in a bathtub, hot tub or go
into a swimming pool.
Pacemaker identification (ID) card
You have been given an 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 your health and
dental care that you have a permanent
leadless pacemaker. This includes all
doctors, nurses, dentists, chiropractors or
any other person you see for your health

Electrical hazards
There are certain electrical hazards to be
aware of. See below 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 card.
ξ Theft detection devices: These
are often near the entrances of
stores. Walk through them as
usual. Do not linger near these.
ξ Airport security: Tell security
staff that you have a device.
Show them your Medical Device
ID card.

ξ Working under the hood of a
running car.
ξ Electrocautery – in the operating
room or in the dentist’s office.
ξ Arc welding.
Okay to be around:
ξ Microwave ovens
ξ Hair dryers
ξ Electric blankets and heating
ξ Computers
ξ Radios, TVs and stereos
When to call

Call the doctor or pacemaker nurse
the same day if:
ξ If you feel dizzy, lightheaded, or
the symptoms come back that
you had before your pacemaker
was placed. If 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 If you have any signs of
infection. Signs include redness,
swelling, drainage, warmth,
increased tenderness over the
site, or fever (any temperature
above normal).

Call 911 for emergency help if:
ξ If your leg(s) become numb, cold
or turn blue.

Who to Call
ξ UW Health Heart and Vascular
Care Device Clinic
ξ Monday to Friday call (608) 263-
1530. After hours, nights,
weekend, 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
ξ If you live out of the area, please
call 1-800-323-8942.

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 © 7/2017 University of
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