Brace for a month post-implant
I had my pacemaker implant on 3/24/22. I am required to wear a pliable brace 24/7 for a month post implant surgery. My upper left arm is tethered to side of my chest and left wrist area tethered also via velcro to upper part of my diaphragm. Those with whom I've spoken who either have had pacemaker implants or family members have had them, have never heard of this type of restrictions. Obviously driving, gardening, vaccuming, regular exercise are out right now. I did manage to get using a recumbent bike and taking walks okayed; I used a treadmill at 2 mph as holding onto it relieves any pressure from brace on my upper diaphragm. My cardiologist and both my electrophysiologist who retired and the new one who performed the implant all went with the 24/7 brace. My situation was too often a turtle's heart beat: as low as 32 but with that I exercised at full capacity for a 75 year old; the heart beat picked right up for stress tests, exercise, etc. My pacemaker seems to be set at 52 for when it 'turns on'.
Have any of you experienced such limitations?
Also, thanks to those who offered the bra suggestions: using only one strap on the unaffected shoulder and that there are one-strap stretch-material bras.