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Health Tip: Caring for a Pacemaker

Living with the device

(HealthDay News) -- While today's pacemakers are built to withstand the daily grind of modern life, they still require care.

The American Heart Association offers these suggestions:

  • Don't apply pressure over the part of the chest where the pacemaker is implanted.
  • Women can place a small pad over the implant to protect it from the bra strap.
  • Don't be afraid to shower or take a bath. The pacemaker is protected from exposure to water.
  • Once your doctor approves, it's ok to continue sexual activity.
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