Life with a Pacemaker
Once the pacemaker is implanted, there will be a short hospital stay; usually just for one day. A follow-up appointment will be ordered to ensure the settings on the pacemaker are correct.
Once every several months a telephone check of the pacemaker will need to be done. This works by connecting a phone line to wristbands or a wand. The information is then sent by phone to the doctor’s office where it will be reviewed.
Some recommendations following implantation, in the short term, may include limiting heavy lifting and vigorous exercise. Some pain around the implantation site may occur, but should not be treated with over-the-counter remedies without first consulting a physician.
Over the long term, there are some precautions that may need to be taken in regards to a pacemaker and heart arrhythmia control. For example, cell phones can be used, as long as they are not near the pacemaker when turned on. Certain medical testing equipment, such as MRIs can be problematic, as well. If any test or procedure using electromagnetic, shock waves or electrocautery is ordered, make sure the physician knows a pacemaker is implanted.
Though warning signs used to be placed around them, according to the Mayo Clinic, microwave ovens, like other electronic devices, are unlikely to interfere with a pacemaker.