My husband recently has had a CRT-D implanted 2 days ago. He is aged 38 and is a bit of a foodie. Just wanted to ask about the dietary restrictions/requirements post the device implantation. Thanks! 


ask his doctor

by Tracey_E - 2020-08-07 09:54:04

Just having a pacer doesn't come with dietary restrictions however the underlying reason why he got it may. That's a question for his doctor.

I am careful to eat well and stay fit because I don't want to complicate what I already have with something that could be prevented. To me that's just common sense, but I've probably spent more time in cardiologists' waiting rooms and on the cardiac floor in a hospital than most and have seen first hand what happens when you don't take care of yourself and it's scary. Not saying I'm super strict or don't occasionally eat bad things, but I'm always conscious of my choices and try to find a balance that leans heavily toward heart healthy and working out is part of my routine. I'm a foodie too, it's possible to love food but still make good choices.

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by ar_vin - 2020-08-07 12:21:37

First, welcome to the club you never wanted to belong to!

To add to Tracey's response I'd request you to add information to your profile - the more you provide, the more useful the responses. There a lot of people on here who take the time and trouble to share their often very valuable experiences; you can help them my making an effort to share your background.

As Tracey said above pacemakers are implanted for a range of conditions. The condition dictates limitations on your lifestyle (if any) and not the fact of having a pacemaker.

Unfortunately, as I learned from my own experience, you may not get the best diet/lifestyle advice from your doctor. In general physicians (at least in the US) are woefully ill informed about diet and lifestyle; only recently has the medical education system begun to incorporate this into the curriculum. Take the time to educate yourself and choose dietary choices for your lifestyle.

If food makes you happy!

by FirstDuely - 2020-08-08 21:09:12

Garfield once said "Eat more cookies!"  

I really like the chocolate chips cookies my wife makes.  She also has been making me what I call my "healthy ride cookies" because I need energy during long cycling rides I do each week.  These are made with oatmeal, and 3 different dried fruits (raisins, cranberries and whatever she has around), spice cake mix, etc.

Now don't get me wrong!  I got the first dual lead pacer in the world at age 36 and am now 70 (April4) and am still travel around the globe on trips (not this October...dang!).  Just don't overeat, exercise, keep the pacer protected and don't do anything that might crack a lead (I've had two break and 5 leads replaced/extracted and pacer pocket moved from left to right side.  But I do agree with the above (well..the cookie part, too!) that you should follow what all those medical people (I call them true Saints) tell you should do.  For me I need to watch my salt intake because I have high blood pressure issues so would recommend lowering salt.

Above all, fine food is good!  Enjoy

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