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You’ve had a pacemaker implanted in your chest. You can do almost everything you did before your surgery. Here are tips for living well with a pacemaker.
When you first get your pacemaker, you’ll be given an ID card to carry. This card contains important information about the device. Show it to any doctor, dentist, or other provider you visit. Pacemakers often set off metal detectors. So you may need to show your card to security personnel.
Be careful when using a cell phone. Hold it to the ear farthest from your pacemaker. Don’t carry the phone in your breast pocket, even when it’s turned off.
Avoid very strong magnets. These include those used for an MRI or in hand-held security wands. Show your ID card when you go through security.
Avoid strong electrical fields. This are made by radio transmitting towers and ham radios. They are also made by heavy-duty electrical equipment. A running engine makes an electrical field. Don’t lean over the open hood of a running car.
Call your doctor if you have any symptoms. These include dizziness or palpitations.
Below are some of the many things that are safe to use:
Radios, televisions, and CD players
Electric blankets and heating pads
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