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Have a Pacemaker? Take These
Tips to Heart
Pacemakers help fix or protect against a slow or irregular heartbeat.
These small devices can help stop common heart failure symptoms.
What’s more, they could save your life.
You don’t have to make a lot of changes to your life because of a
pacemaker. Just take a little extra care.
Experts recommend the following measures:
Carry an ID card that says you have a pacemaker. Show the
card to your doctors, nurses and dentist.
Show your pacemaker ID card to airport security when you
fly. It’s OK to walk through metal detectors. Just ask security
staff not to hold detectors near your pacemaker for longer
than needed.
Since some cell phones can interfere with a pacemaker, store it
away from your pacemaker. Do not keep it in your shirt pocket,
for example.
Don’t be afraid to be active. Check with your doctor first.
Take your medicine. Even though you have a pacemaker, you
still need to treat other heart problems.