Pacemakers Before Getting a Pacemaker

Before deciding to get a pacemaker, discuss your options with your doctor. You can bring along these and other questions you may have: 

  • What are the benefits and risks of a pacemaker? 
  • What other treatment options do I have? 
  • How will a pacemaker affect my life? 
  • What kind of pacemaker is best for me? 
  • What happens during the procedure? 
  • How long will the pacemaker last? 

Children can outgrow their pacemakers. If your child needs a pacemaker, ask what will happen as they grow. 

Preparing for the procedure

Unless it’s an emergency, you and your doctor will plan for the procedure. Tell your doctor if you have an allergy to medicines or latex and if you are taking blood thinners or other medicines.

Before your procedure, you and your doctor can discuss the following questions. 

  • When should I stop eating or drinking before the procedure? 
  • Should I continue taking my regular medicines? 
  • When should I arrive at the hospital and where should I go? 
  • How long should I expect to stay at the hospital? 
  • How long will my recovery be? Will I be sore or not able to move? 
  • What medicines should I take after the procedure? 

If you will get medicine to relax or sleep during the procedure, plan to have someone to take you home. You may go home the same day or after a few days, depending on the procedure and your health. 

Learn more about living with your pacemaker and how to check for problems.

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