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Driving After Pacemaker Surgery
Whether you’re able to drive once you have a pacemaker will depend on your specific symptoms and the driving laws where you live. Generally, having a pacemaker does not prohibit you from driving. Although, you may be asked to wait to drive during the early stage of recovery. That’s because a few seconds of unconsciousness could be dangerous for both you and others. Be sure to ask your doctor or healthcare provider about any driving restrictions you may have.
Whether you’re a driver or passenger, you may want to find padding to cover your surgery site and make wearing a seatbelt more comfortable. You may find pads in local retail stores that will provide comfort for your pocket site.
Many people are concerned about whether it’s safe to resume sexual intimacy after a pacemaker procedure. For most people with a pacemaker, sexual activity is safe. This is because the natural heart rate increase that occurs during sex is the same as the heart rate increase when you exercise. Your doctor may perform stress or exercise tests at the hospital to become familiar with how your heart rate increases during activities such as sex. This will help him or her program your pacemaker settings.
Most patients decide to avoid sexual activity for about one week after the procedure. While your incision is healing, you should avoid supporting your weight with your arms during sexual activity.
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