While infections are uncommon, an infection is a serious complication and one you should understand and be aware of. The physical presentation and effects of an infection will vary by individual as well as the source, and type, of the infection.
A device infection may start in the pocket or originate elsewhere in the body – such as from urinary tract infection or a cut. The infection can enter the bloodstream and attach to the device. If you see or feel signs of infection or notice any changes in the tissue or skin overlying the device, contact your doctor or device manager.
Symptoms of Infection may include:
Visual signs of Infection that can be observed at the skin around your pacemaker may include:
- Redness of the skin
- Pain or tenderness
- Warmth or "hot" feeling
- Blood, pus or other drainage
- Skin ulcers
- Erosion of the device through the skin
For a brochure of these signs of device infection, download Your Guide to Cardiac Device Health.
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