Hi, I had a pacemaker fitted 8 weeks ago when can I go swimming? Thanx in advance


When to resume swimming

by Gemita - 2022-11-17 16:38:58

Debbie, At 8 weeks your wound should be well healed and closed which would be my main worry about getting back in the pool.  As it is your first pacemaker they may want to wait up to three months before you do any serious swimming, but these are questions for your doctors, since they will know your heart condition and can give you the best advice.  I would imagine you could start some gentle exercises in the pool though 

go for it

by Tracey_E - 2022-11-18 11:24:28

Ease back into whatever you were doing before, but as long as you are cleared for exercise it should be fine. You are fully healed now. 


by Debbie01 - 2022-11-20 06:50:30

Thank you everyone I going to the local pool later this week. This site is amazing as I don't know anyone else with a PM. 


by dogtired - 2022-11-20 15:24:36

I did my first swim 4 weeks post op.  Started in the kiddy pool, but got bored after 15 min and found swimming surprisingly easy, moved to the 25 yd pool and did a few easy laps free and breast.  Other than a loss of flexability I had no issues.  7-8 weeks post op I swam 7 consecutive days all strokes, some days over an hour.  Loss of flexability is most noticable during backstroke., fly theres a little sorness.and loss of conditioning is noticable.  Over all I'm surprised at how good it feels.


by Debbie01 - 2022-11-21 14:08:13

Fantastic to hear! I'm going in the morning  really looking forward to it. Thank you allfor the comments.

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