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How to Care for Your Pacemaker

Your pacemaker should be checked at least 2 times per year. A special device that looks like a computer mouse is moved over the pacemaker.

This devicecommunicates with the pacemaker via radio signals. It checks the status of the battery, the pacing functions, and other settings. This device can also be used to program your pacemaker. The pacemaker can be fine-tuned and specific to meet your specific medical needs. You may be given a device that will allow you to have your pacemaker checked while you're at home. It is called trans-telephonic monitoring.

You need to check your pulse and make sure it is at the correct rate.

Call your doctor if you notice that your heart is beating too slowly or if you experience dizziness, blurred vision, or shortness of breath. When the pulse generator must be replaced, it is usually done as an outpatient procedure and you can go home the same day.

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