This ten-page illustrated handout helps people prepare for surgery to have a pacemaker placed in their chest. It explains that a pacemaker sends a signal to the heart to make it beat at the correct pace, and outlines how the device works. It contains guidelines to help the patient prepare, and provides a step-by-step explanation of what will happen during the surgery. The document discusses what will happen in the hospital immediately after the surgery as well as care at home, including guidelines for activity, bathing, and incision care. It provides other information for living with a pacemaker, and identifies those symptoms for which a doctor should be called immediately, clarifying those for which to call 911.
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