DOUGLAS P. ZIPES, MD: We generally restrict an individual from major arm movements, such as lifting your arms above your head, combing your hair, playing golf, because that movement can make the wire in the heart move and change its position. After several months, that's no longer an issue, but until that time we generally want an individual to just kind of restrict their upper arm movement.
JAMIE B. CONTI, MD: People often ask, you know, "What can I do after I have a pacemaker implanted? Will I be limited in any way?" We have patients whose heart rates were so slow because of being marathon runners or extreme sports people. When they get their pacemaker, they can go back to regular activity.
ANNOUNCER: Although microwave ovens and other household appliances no longer affect people with pacemakers, there are still precautions to take in public places.
DOUGLAS P. ZIPES, MD: A couple of cautionary things. One is when you go to the airport, notify the airport security as you're going through the detector that indeed you do have a pacemaker implanted, because it can set off the alarm. The other is, there are theft detector electronic equipments that are found in department stores and bookstores and so on, and they will have no impact on the pacemaker if the individual just takes a leisurely stroll through the theft detector equipment, but we would not want the individual to stand right within that field and be exposed to it
ANNOUNCER: In the end, a pacemaker will help a patient live a more normal and active life, with little to no inconvenience.