Device Frequently Asked Questions
The answer to this question depends on the type of cellular phone being used. Today’s pacemakers are engineered to withstand interference from analog cellular phones. However, in some cases, digital cellular phones may interfere with pacemakers. According to the American Heart Association, a group of cellular phone companies is studying the newer cellular phones with new frequency and their effect on pacemakers.
Some devices may need to be adjusted if a person’s medical condition or lifestyle changes. Your physician will instruct you about the schedule of follow-up visits you should keep based on your condition and type of device. In addition, you may participate in telephonic assessment of your device on a periodic basis.
If the original leads are functioning properly, in most cases, they can be left in place and reattached to the new device.
Most devices will last between 8 and 10 years, after which the entire device or its battery and/or wire(s) need to be replaced. Replacing a device may be done on an outpatient basis or may include an overnight stay in the hospital.
Yes, you can travel with your device and drive a car. You should be sure to always have your device identification card with you wherever you go.
Upon consulting your physician, you may be able to enjoy moderate exercise with your device, including housework and yard work.
At first, you may feel the weight of the device in your chest. However, over time, most people become accustomed to the device. The generator is very small, about the size of two silver dollars stacked on top of each other, and weighs about an ounce or less, depending on the make and model of the device.