How long does a pacemaker battery last?
I live in a remote community in the Arctic, so I have been given a 'remote pacemaker monitor' .. as I understand it, the monitor reads my pacemaker and transmits data to the Edmonton heart clinic. I only have to see them annually, and if anything goes wrong, or I need equipment adjustment the clinic will contact me and make an appointment for me to see them in person. It is pretty fantastic... thanks to St. Jude's.
I was on my third ICD since 2007. Earlier this year, my device was interrogated and I was told that I had 18 months left on the battery. Two weeks later, after an electrical storm of 14 shocks in the course of about 2-3 hours, my device was interrogated and I was told I had only 8 months left. Less than two weeks later, I experienced another electrical storm of 15 therapy shocks in the course of 30-45 minutes. Interrogation showed one month left on the battery. Now I have a new heart (transplant received October 8th, 2020), and NO ICD. In short, battery life will depend on how much you are being paced and/or shocked.
My first one was implanted in June 1996 and replaced in April 2006 about 10 years. My current one was implanted in October 2009 and it now has about 22 months left on the battery. My usage has increase from about 30% in 1996 to about 87% today. So even with more usage this battery has lasted longer
I need mine replaced because one of the leads is not working properly. I'm using to much power.
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