The dressing on your chest must remain intact for 7 days. The dressing only needs changing if it lifts off. It is a good idea to have this done by a nurse at your GP’s surgery. If this is not an option, contact your Cardiologist’s rooms and they will make an alternative arrangement.
After 7 days remove the dressing from your chest, then gently wash the wound in the shower and carefully dry with a clean towel. Report to your Doctors if there is any discharge from the wound. You maybe asked to attend the Cardiologist’s rooms for a wound check.
You should not do any heavy lifting or straining for 4 weeks. During this time it is important that you do not lift your left arm above your head, as this could cause the pacemaker wires to dislodge.
You will be given a temporary identity card before your are discharged, this has important information about your pacemaker. You will receive a proper one in the post in a few days. It is important to carry this card with you at all times. It is a good idea to let a close friend or family member read the pacemaker booklet and familiarise themselves with the information.
You will need to make an appointment to see your GP in a few days time and you will be given a discharge letter to give to them.
Your Cardiologist will ask you to make an appointment to see him at a later date.
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