Lifetime Pacemaker Follow-Up Care for a Healthy Life
Hackensack Meridian Health supports patients with pacemakers, regardless of where the pacemaker surgery was performed. Living with a pacemaker requires ongoing care to monitor both patient health and device effectiveness.
Pacemakers are complex, programmable devices that are customized to each patient’s needs. The expert team at Hackensack Meridian Health gets to know each person and their lifestyle to find out what is most important to them. We provide personalized attention to help our patients lead the life they envision.
As part of a leading integrated cardiovascular care network, our experienced team is knowledgeable about the latest advancements to improve care for people with pacemakers. Patients benefit from the expertise and state-of-the-art technology that can only be found at an academic medical center.
Advanced Experience, Trusted Care
Each year, our Pacemaker Center at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center has more than 2,220 patient visits, and we perform more than 7,300 remote transtelephonic monitoring procedures. Our patients get the highest quality, most reliable care available.
Comprehensive Pacemaker Follow-Up Care
Follow-up care after pacemaker surgery is important to ensure the pacemaker is working properly and that programming is optimal for a patient’s heart and health. We offer a full range of services, including:
Evaluations at the Center
For the initial visit and then once or twice a year, patients meet with a registered nurse to evaluate their health, perform technical testing on the pacemaker, and reprogram the device if necessary.
Remote Pacemaker Monitoring
We’re able to monitor devices remotely by telephone in between visits to the center, saving our patients’ time while ensuring their health. Transtelephonic monitoring gives us information about each person’s heart rate and rhythm and allows us to check how their pacemaker is working — including the device’s remaining battery life.
Education and Resources
During the first appointment and throughout follow-up care, we make sure our patients are well-informed about their heart health and living with a pacemaker. We cover everything from how to measure heart rate and when to call the doctor, to physical limitations and safety precautions. We’re here to answer questions and put our patients at ease.
Living with a Pacemaker
Living with a pacemaker may come with some limitations, but most people lead full lives. The care team will provide patients specific guidelines — including carrying a pacemaker ID card. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
• Pacemaker batteries last between five years to more than 10, depending on the device, and we regularly check the device to make sure it is working properly. When the battery needs replacement, it is a faster surgery that requires less recovery time than the initial procedure.
• Most pacemakers adjust to a patient’s activity level, so they can still be physically active. The care team will give patients personalized guidelines based on each patient’s needs.
• The pacemaker is safe to use around most household items, such as microwave ovens, TVs and other household appliances. However, patients may need to keep some wireless and electric items a certain distance away from the device to avoid interference. The care team will provide a list of specific instructions.
• Security equipment, such as full-body scanners or metal detectors at the airport, do not affect how a pacemaker works. However, the device may set off security system alarms.
• Patients should let all health care providers know they have a pacemaker, including the dentist. Some medical equipment or procedures may not be safe for patients with implanted cardiac devices, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or radiation therapy.