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Pacemaker and work

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I had a pacemaker fitted 3 weeks ago and am due back to work tomorrow. I'm a primary school teacher. Family and friends say it's too soon. Any advice?

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We thank you for your question about returning to work after the insertion of a pacemaker. Most cardiologists would advise a patient to take 3 -7 days off from work following the insertion of a pacemaker.  Returning to work is dependent upon how demanding your job is.  We would suggest contacting your cardiologist to find out when you should return to work. In the United Kingdom you are allowed to drive a car after one week and when there are no symptoms present.  If you were driving a public service vehicle (for children etc), you would need to wait six weeks before being allowed to drive again.

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