Battery Life?

I didn't need an alarm clock this AM.........................PM base lit up like a Xmas tree and emitted a British Police car siren sound just before 8AM! I couldn't find anything in the Medtronic  VIVA CRT-D manual that explains this event but, I assume it's the "low battery" warning indicator.  Anyone know how much battery life (as in days) is remaining?



Battery Life?

by DAVID H - 2018-11-08 12:16:28

Device Clinic Nurse contacted me a bit ago. PM base sent a message to the clinic office also.  She stated there is still plenty of time to act, battery will not "die" tomorrow. Scheduling will contact me to set a date.

Battery Life

by BarbD - 2018-11-08 12:55:40

I saw from your profile that ypur CRT was installed in Jan 2015.  I thought batteries were supposed to last much longer than that?  Is a 3 year battery life typical for CRTs?

Battery Life?

by DAVID H - 2018-11-08 20:36:54

Device Clinic nurse - in the recent past -  has stated: "That third lead - as it was implanted by a TCAI EP - is not in the most optimal position and it's drawing more battery power than normal.  3 to 4 yrs may be all you can expect as far as battery life is concerned."     From what I've learned, PM replacement is Duck Soup..........................lead replacement is a whole new ball game!

--Dave -- 


by Tracey_E - 2018-11-09 10:24:06

I had a lead that was draining battery faster than normal. It was still working so I chose to keep it through the next battery change. It got worse a few  years later and I ended up having it replaced, but I still got by for almost 5 years on the bad one. I don't have any regrets about my choice, battery replacements are a piece of cake. 

I don't know about your specific device but low battery alert usually means 3-6 months, less than that if you are draining quickly. So you have time to schedule it at your convenience but don't mess around too long. 

Battery Life?

by DAVID H - 2018-11-09 14:24:43

EP's Device Clinic nurse has scheduled me to see him next week for a pre procedure meeting.  I assume he wants to get the ball rolling on this thing.  BTW: Yesterday, I thought the PM base was emitting the siren sound.....NOPE!  The blaring siren was coming from ME!  


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