Driving after getting a pacemaker.

My surgeon said I should wait three months to drive after getting my pacemaker. My was implanted one month ago. This seems like a long time not to drive. Every thing I’ve read online says three to seven days. Has anyone been told to wait this long and why? 




by AgentX86 - 2019-07-29 08:22:44

They told me not to drive for a week but that was because the AV ablation made me dependent. Just some extra caution. In some jurisdictions, one can lose driving privileges for health reasons. If you had passed out, there may be such a restriction. My wife couldn't drive for six months after a diabetic coma put her in the hospital. It may not be the pacemaker, rather the underlying problem.

Underlying reason for PM?

by ar_vin - 2019-07-29 14:47:12

You don't mention why you were a candidate for a PM so one can only guess that you may have a condition that caused your "surgeon" to limit your driving for three months.



by Gotrhythm - 2019-07-29 16:29:18

I wonder if what was meant was 3 days--or 3 weeks. All it would take would be a check mark in the wrong box.

Most people are able to resume normal activity by 6 weeks.

Did you, or do you have a condition that leads to fainting or passing out?

Really, though, the person who actually knows why is the doc. Ask him.

driving after surgery

by sheilaw - 2019-08-06 10:29:07

I was told one month.  I think that is because the seat belt on the driver's side goes over the incision causeing irritation and discomfort.  After one month, I am still very uncomfortable.


by Rockpainter - 2019-08-16 12:35:23

My cardiologist told me I had to wait six months to drive. It is a regulation in the state of Maryland. This has really taken a toll on my mental status. I feel like my Independence has been taken from me. I received  my pacemaker on July 3, 2019. While  I do have a little twerks and odd feelings at times, I still move forward. Anxiety is definitely my enemy!!!

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