One wk post Op

Hi Did write before but cannot find it. I had dual pacemaker one wk ago tomorrow. Feel fine. Using arms too much I think. How easy is it too dislodge leads? Worried about that? I am walking every day, is that ok. Set at 80 but not a higher no. Have not fainted for one wk either so that is good. Was 19 beats per min. when fainting. 12 times in July. Incision 5 in long. seems long to me. Any advice about use of arms. Trying to not lift them but hard kitchen cupboards etc. Feel like I can do anything now just a bit sore in chest and sleeping on back is very hard. Not sure when I can go on side either? Thanks for this site.


2 Comments

not fainting is good!

by Tracey_E - 2008-08-07 09:08:03

Walking is fine! I know just how you feel. I was bursting with energy and chomping at the bit to get active.

Odds are you won't dislodge your leads after the first few days but take it easy for a few more weeks. It's ok to use your left arm in moderation but try not to lift or raise your arm above your head.

Try sleeping on your right side hugging a pillow.

Using your arms is ok...

by bambi - 2008-08-08 12:08:22

as long as they are staying below shoulder level. Also don't lift anything heavier than 5 lbs. for a month. Those were my instructions, but I know there are slight variations on this theme! You're set high like I am [at 80], but over a period of some years, they might get your resting rate lower. Mine is at 70 now. I am paced 98 - 100% in the atrium, and about 8% in the ventricles. With this type of pacing and my resting rate set at 80, I used my battery up in 4 years! Welcome to the club! Hope your recovery is speedy and uneventful!
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But I think it will make me feel a lot better. My stamina to walk is already better, even right after surgery. They had me walk all around the floor before they would release me. I did so without being exhausted and winded the way I had been.