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Living With Your Treatment

Safety and use information

Safety and Use

Find important safety and use information for our implantable devices.

Living With a Pacemaker, Implantable Cardioversion Defibrillator (ICD) or Cardiac Ablation Treatment 

Receiving treatment for your arrhythmia is a big step toward living a full and active life. Getting back to normal is a different process for everyone, and following your doctor’s instructions is an important part of getting there.

As you begin your life after treatment, you can take care of yourself in many ways. One way is staying informed about what living with your device or ablation treatment can involve. 

Feeling well long-term

Eating well, getting or staying active and fostering healthy relationships are key ingredients to living well with a pacemaker, ICD or ablation treatment, and they can help you feel well for the long-term.

Learn more about feeling well long-term.

Getting the most out of monitoring

Having a remote monitoring system allows your pacemaker or ICD to transmit data frequently to your doctor without a doctor’s visit. And this works best when you know how to get the most out of monitoring.

Learn more about getting the most out of monitoring.

Understanding the patient notifier

Your pacemaker or ICD may be equipped with the ability to notify you of changes in its function. This can give you added support and security living your life with an implantable device.

Learn more about understanding the patient notifier.

Traveling with your device

Traveling with your device can be safe when you have a pacemaker or ICD, and you can enjoy time away from home as much as you did before you received your device. You will just need to take a few simple but important precautions into account. 

Learn more about traveling with your device.

Electromagnetic interference (EMI)

Electromagnetic interference (EMI) may disrupt your pacemaker’s or ICD’s function, so find out where EMI comes from—like from large-format stereo speakers, high-power shop tools and some medical equipment such as magnetic imaging resonance (MRI) devices—and what to do to avoid it.

Learn more about electromagnetic interference (EMI).

Device battery

Your pacemaker or ICD is powered by a battery, and it is important for you to know your device’s battery life, as well as how your doctor knows when to replace your device’s battery.

Learn more about your device’s battery.

Getting a replacement device

Your pacemaker or ICD is designed to monitor and support your heart’s function for many years, but there are some common reasons for needing to get a replacement device.

Learn more about getting a replacement device.

Patient stories

Others like you have received a pacemaker, ICD or cardiac ablation treatment and gone on to live healthful and rewarding lives.

Read patient stories.