Cardiac devices are utilized to maintain the normal rhythm of your heartbeats. Devices come in a variety of types. If you are diagnosed with heart failure and have a reduced ejection fraction (HF-rEF), your doctor will assess your condition and discuss with you the most suitable device to address your specific requirements. If the patient has any questions or concerns about the type of operation, it is important to discuss them with the healthcare provider.
Cardiac devices, such as implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs), biventricular pacemakers, and ventricular assist device (VAD), are made to help people with heart failure and certain heart rhythm abnormalities manage or keep a watch on their irregular heartbeats.
Following a cardiac device implantation procedure, many patients resume their daily routines. However, to effectively manage these cardiac devices, some lifestyle adjustments may be necessary. Healthcare providers offer guidance and support to help patients make these necessary adjustments and address heart-related concerns.
Healthcare professionals can assess whether a patient is fit to return to their exercise regimen. They may recommend avoiding contact sports like football, as these activities pose a risk of the device coming into contact with the implant site, potentially causing damage to the device or its leads. The patient’s ability to engage in physical activity can also be influenced by their specific cardiac condition, and any additional restrictions should be discussed in consultation with their healthcare provider.
It’s important to note that certain dental, medical, or imaging procedures can impact the functionality of the implanted cardiac device. While most modern pacemakers and ICDs are compatible with many MRI scans, there are exceptions due to strong magnetic fields that can interfere with the device’s operation. The decision on whether it’s safe to undergo an MRI scan should be made by a healthcare provider after careful evaluation.
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