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A 41-year-old member asked:

Do you have to recharge the batteries in a pacemaker?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 34 years experience
No: You replace the generator. A simple procedure where an incision is made over the old pacmaker and a new one is placed . The wound is closed like the original. Usually done in cath lab , ep lab, or the or.Pts usually go home same day.
Dr. John Garner
Cardiology 17 years experience
No: The batteries in all current devices are lithium based and operate much like duracell (alkaline) batteries. They cannot and should not be recharged, and are in fact welded into the pacemaker device itself. Rechargeable devices are on the horizon but will not likely be available in the next 3-5 years.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
Pacemaker: When a pacer battery runs low we replace the device. Rechargeable and nuclear pacemakers are not on the market.

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