Deciding what to do with old device!

Hey all! I got my old device back after my surgery on the 7th and I'm trying to decide what I want to do with it, any ideas? Part of me wants to keep it as a conversation piece but I also want to take it apart...

I've also got a demo version of my new device but not much to do with that as I'm pretty sure its hollow inside!



by Brettmalec - 2019-01-09 04:35:23

It's quite the dilemma, isn't it? 😂 I'm really tempted to open it. I'll have to make a decision eventually!


by Gotrhythm - 2019-01-09 19:15:41

If there is any battery left, you might consider donating it.


by Brettmalec - 2019-01-09 21:10:33

It's got about two months left on it... And I think I read somewhere that there isn't a pacemaker donating program in the U.S? Maybe I'm wrong. But I know the U.K has a program for that.

Donate Used

by Gotrhythm - 2019-01-10 15:09:39

Used pacemakers/ICDs cannot be implanted in the US, however thay can indeed be donated and used in other countries. According to an NIH article they need to have 70% battery life remaining to be considered useful.

So yours is probably is useful mainly as a very expensive paperweight/momento. :-)

There is a great need for used pacemakers in many poorer countries. We should all consider adding donation of our devices to our end of life directives. To donate, all that really needs to be done in most states is to inform the funeral home. They will explant the device and take it from there.

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I feel so blessed to have this little gem implanted in me. When I think of the alternative it is quite overwhelming sometimes.