Patients who use pacemakers should follow some pacemaker precautions. You are still able to participate in regular daily activities in your age group. You are restricted to do the activities only for about 2 to 3 weeks after the pacemaker is implanted. Things that you can do when you have a pacemaker include returning to work, driving, doing exercise, and continuing sexual relationships. However, all of them should be consulted first with your doctor. Avoid getting a blow to the area over the pacemaker as it can cause malfunction. If you feel ill after physical, recreational, or sporting activities, directly see your doctor.
A pacemaker is safe to use to go through security detectors such as those at an airport as such security detectors do not damage the device. Still, it is necessary to let the security knows that you have a pacemaker. Stay away from magnetic fields such as MRI machines because such machines may interrupt the function of your pacemaker. Getting an MRI scan should be under the supervision of your cardiologist. For patients with a pacemaker, usually, there are other options to MRI. Other machines that you should avoid are diathermy and high-voltage machines.
Pacemaker Dental Precautions
Cell phones are generally safe to use as long as you do not carry it over pacemaker in your breast. Always remember to keep it at least six inches away from the pacemaker. If you want to play safe, consider using cell phones that are less than 3 watts. The same thing goes for the use of MP3 player headphones. They can be worn safely as long as not too close to your device (the recommended distance is at least 3 cm away). Wear your headphone properly in your ears. Never put them near your breast or around the neck.
There are also some medical procedures and tools that may disrupt the function of pacemakers such as the shock wave lithotripsy, TENs, therapeutic radiation in cancer treatment, and some dental surgical procedures. Therefore, whenever you are going to take medical treatment or use particular medical tools, do not forget to tell the doctor or physician that you have a pacemaker. It is also suggested to always carry an ID or wear a medic alert necklace and bracelet telling you are a patient with a pacemaker. This will let other people know, especially medical staffs if you have a pacemaker. Questions related to the pacemaker and precaution should be asked right away to your doctor.
You also need to make sure that your device is properly working. Generally, it can work up to 7 years but there are things that can make it damaged especially if you don’t follow the precaution. That is why the regular check is crucial to ensure that there is nothing wrong with the device. You can go to your doctor to have it checked. Nowadays, checking for pacemaker can even be done at home using a special monitoring system. Internet or telephone connection is required to make such remote monitoring system works. In addition, checking your pulse periodically also helps to detect your current condition.