CAN I USE A CELLPHONE?
Yes, you can use a cellphone. It is recommended, when both talking on and simply carrying a cellphone, you keep it on the side of y our body opposite your pacemaker.
CAN I USE AN iPOD OR MP3 PLAYER?
Yes, you can. It is recommended you keep the player on the side opposite the pacemaker when you are using or carrying it.
CAN I USE A MICROWAVE OVEN?
Yes, you can use a microwave oven without taking any special precautions.
CAN I GO THROUGH A SECURITY SYSTEM AT THE AIRPORT?
Yes, it is okay to walk through the security screening archways. The system may detect your device and set off the alarm; however, it will not affect the functioning of your device. Present your device identification card to the security personnel. Ask that they clear you after a hand search and that they not use the handheld screening wand because it might affect your device.
HOW LONG SHOULD A PACEMAKER LAST?
Pacemakers can last anywhere from five to 10 years—the average is seven years. The length of time depends on how hard the generator/battery has to work, which is affected by how much energy is needed to pace your heart and how your pacemaker is programmed. The functioning of your device will be assessed at each clinic follow-up appointment.
WILL I FEEL THE PACEMAKER?
At first, you may feel the weight of the pacemaker in your chest. With time, you will become accustomed to it. The generator is very small—about the size of two loonies stacked together—and weighs about an ounce, depending on the make and model.
CAN I EXERCISE?
Once your doctor gives you the go-ahead to exercise, it is a good idea to exercise regularly.