- Follow all instructions given by your doctor for the post-surgical period.
- Keep all appointments with your doctor.
- Call your doctor if you experience any redness or soreness in the area where your pacemaker or ICD was placed.
- Protect the area around your implant from bumps and hits.
- Be sure you completely understand the instructions given by your doctor about medications you should or should not take after your implant procedure.
- If you have had an ICD placed, have a plan to follow in the event of a shock.
- Be informed about your medical condition and your device so you can talk with family, friends and health care providers about your situation.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Involve friends and family in your recovery by allowing them to help you relax.
- Resume physical activities when doctor gives you permission, including sexual intercourse.
Be sure to let your doctor know when you experience these emotions:
- No longer enjoying activities you once enjoyed
- Thoughts of suicide or harming yourself
- Avoiding activities, people, intimacy or other situations that may affect your heart rate
- Excessive anxiety
- Fear of receiving a shock from your CRT-D that limits your daily activities
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