How long does it take to recover from having a defibrillator?
In general, you should be able to return home the day after your implant procedure.
Full recovery from the procedure normally takes about 4 to 6 weeks..
Do they stop your heart to put in a defibrillator?
Defibrillation will stop a severely abnormal heart rhythm by delivering a high-energy shock.
How soon can you fly after a defibrillator?
Work – you can return to work related activities as soon as your concentration, confidence and physical abilities allow, and most people return to light office work within 4 weeks and heavy work at 3 months. Travelling – Most people with ICD’s can travel freely.
What should you avoid with a defibrillator?
Avoid certain high-voltage or radar machines, such as radio or T.V. transmitters, arc welders, high-tension wires, radar installations, or smelting furnaces. Cell phones available in the U.S. (less than 3 watts) are generally safe to use.
Can I travel if I have a pacemaker?
You can absolutely travel safely with a pacemaker as long as you know how to prepare and talk to your doctor about any special safety steps to take. Learn more about going through airport security, finding a doctor while traveling and other tips for having a successful trip.
Will a defibrillator keep shocking?
If your ICD is turned off, it won’t send a shock if you have a heart rhythm problem. You may die. If you change your mind, your ICD’s shocking function can be turned back on at any time. Remember, leaving an ICD on does not guarantee that your heart rhythm will return to normal.