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Living with a Heart Device


Many people with an implanted heart device resume their normal daily activities after full recovery from surgery. However, there may be certain situations that your doctor will ask you to avoid. Your doctor or nurse will provide guidance for your particular condition, but these are some general guidelines to follow after your recovery.

As with any medical procedure, there are risks involved in a heart device implant and results may vary. Talk to your doctor about any specific concerns or activities — such as returning to work or participating in exercise or sports — that you may have. After you receive your heart device, you may also still have to take medication as directed and periodically your doctor will need to monitor your device. 

Ciara's Story

Watch Ciara discuss her journey to getting an ICD and her life with it since.

For more information about your particular heart device, browse our patient brochures:

Infographic explaining it is safe to drive an electric car with an implanted pacemaker or defibrillator. Patients should stay 30cm away from charging station when charging.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.



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