• You will be able to go home the next day after the procedure.
  • Please inform your doctor if you experience chest pain or tightness, or any other pain at the incision site, you might receive pain medicine if you are experiencing severe pain.
  • You will need someone to drive you home after the procedure. 
  • Your healthcare team may advise you to look for the signs of infection, bleeding or swelling at the incision site.
  • Your health care team may advise you to limit movement of the arm on the side that the pacemaker was placed 
  • Your healthcare team may ask you to avoid strenuous activities like lifting heavy objects for 4 weeks after the procedure.
  • You can start eating your normal diet.
  • It's safe to talk on a cellphone but avoid placing your cellphone within 6 inches (about 15 centimeters) of your pacemaker placement site when the phone is turned on.
  • Inform all your doctors and dentists that you have a pacemaker.
  • After your surgery, you will receive a card that says you have a pacemaker as pacemaker may set off airport security alarms and handheld detectors.
  • MRI, CT scan, cancer radiation treatment or radiofrequency or microwave ablation are not recommended if you have a pacemaker.
  • It is advised to stand at least 2 feet (61 centimeters) from welding equipment, high-voltage transformers or motor-generator systems. 
  • Your doctor may want to check your pacemaker every 3-6 months.
  • Your pacemaker's battery should last five to 15 years.
  • If you are having a surgical procedure performed, inform your surgeon that you have a pacemaker well before the operation. 
  • If you are involved in a physical, recreational, or sporting activity, protect yourself from trauma to the pacemaker.