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Can a pacemaker expire?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
6 doctors agree

In brief: The battery runs out

The battery runs out after years and the whole unit needs to be replaced.

In brief: The battery runs out

The battery runs out after years and the whole unit needs to be replaced.
Dr. Mark Stern
Dr. Mark Stern
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Dr. Warren Foster
Typically the wires don't need replacing, when the battery does. This makes the replacement easier, often avoiding an overnight hospital stay. Batteries need replacing every 5-12 years, depending on type and use. Wires usually last 20 years or more.
Dr. Volkan Tuzcu
Pediatrics - Cardiology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Pacemaker life

Usually pacemaker batteries last up to 8-10 years and then battery is depleted.

In brief: Pacemaker life

Usually pacemaker batteries last up to 8-10 years and then battery is depleted.
Dr. Volkan Tuzcu
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Dr. Charles Jost
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Battery life

Pacemakers have a battery or generator life.
The device does not 'expire' but it does come to end of life and the generator or body of the pacemaker must be replaced.

In brief: Battery life

Pacemakers have a battery or generator life.
The device does not 'expire' but it does come to end of life and the generator or body of the pacemaker must be replaced.
Dr. Charles Jost
Dr. Charles Jost
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In brief: Pacer life

Pacemakers should be interrogated regularly in a pacemaker clinic and one of the parameters tested is battery life.

In brief: Pacer life

Pacemakers should be interrogated regularly in a pacemaker clinic and one of the parameters tested is battery life.
Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian
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