You should be able to return to
your daily routine within a few days. Your doctor will tell you if you need to take
more time in returning to your normal activities. Don't lift or pull on anything for
a few weeks. You may be told to limit movement of the arm on the side that the ICD
was placed, based on your doctor's preferences.
You will most likely be able to
resume your usual diet, unless your doctor tells you differently.
Keep the insertion site clean
and dry. You will be given instructions about bathing and showering. Your doctor will
give you specific instructions about driving. You will not be able to drive until
your doctor says it's OK. These limitations will be explained to you, if they apply
You will be given specific
instructions about what to do the first time your ICD delivers a shock. For example,
you may be told to dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room in the event of a
shock from the ICD. Calming yourself with slow deep breaths can be helpful if you
anxious after a shock.
Ask your healthcare team when
you will be able to return to work. The nature of your job, your overall health, and
your progress will determine how soon you may return to work.
After implantation, your ICD
will need regular evaluation (interrogation). This is done to assess its function
battery status. It is also to check for any significant events stored by the device.
Your doctor will tell you when and how this is done. A home monitor may be provided
to you that can communicate with your ICD wirelessly. Information about ICD function
can then be related to your doctor over the internet.
Tell your doctor right away if
you have any of the following:
- Fever or chills
- Increased pain, redness, swelling,
or bleeding or other drainage from the insertion site
- Chest pain or pressure, nausea or
vomiting, profuse sweating, dizziness or fainting
- ICD shock
- If your device generator feels
loose or like it is wiggling in the pocket under the skin
Your doctor may give you other
instructions after the procedure, depending on your particular situation.