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Leaving the Hospital After Implantable Defibrillator Placement

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Presentation: Implantable Defibrillator
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When you leave the hospital you will be given specific wound-care instructions and discharge instructions for driving, activity level, medication, and any further restrictions necessary.
You will also be given a card with your defibrillator identification information on it. Always carry this with you. You will be asked to report to your doctor when you experience any shocks from your device. Sometimes, it is possible to receive shocks even when you have no symptoms. So, for any shock, your healthcare provider may want to examine you to determine its cause.
Your doctor may restrict your activities for a few weeks after surgery. However, it is important that you become actively involved in your own healthcare so that you will be able to resume your normal activities as quickly as possible.

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