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A leadless pacemaker is a small, battery-powered device. It sends mild, painless electrical signals to your heart. This keeps it beating normally. Your doctor used a catheter to place the pacemaker inside your heart.
Your groin may have a bruise and feel sore for a few days. You can do light activities around the house. But don't do anything strenuous for several days.
You'll need to take steps to safely use electric devices. Some of these devices can stop your pacemaker from working right for a short time. Check with your doctor about what to avoid and what to keep a short distance away from your pacemaker. For example, you will need to stay away from things with strong magnetic and electrical fields. An example is an electronic body fat scale. You can use a cell phone and other wireless devices, but keep them at least 15 centimetres (6 inches) away from your chest. Many household and office electronics don't affect a pacemaker. These include kitchen appliances and computers.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if you have problems.
Adaptation Date: 3/2/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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