New pacemaker with old leads is draining battery fast
I had a Medtronic model ADDRL1 pacemaker installed with St. Jude 1688TC leads in 2012.
Late in 2022 I had the pacemaker replaced because of a low battery. They replaced it with a Medtronic model W1DR01 pacemaker, however they attached it to the old St. Jude leads. They did not want to risk removing the old leads.
I was told everything was great, except I could never have a MRI because of the old leads.
Recently, I moved to another state and saw a new pacemaker doctor. He immediately told me I only have 2 1/2 years battery life left on my new pacemaker.
The prior doctor had never told me that use of old leads would result in a shorter battery life. Has anyone else experienced a short battery life because of old leads? Not sure where I go from here.
You know you're wired when...
You trust technology more than your heart.
Im healthy as a horse because of the pacemaker.