pacemaker

I got my device last year, June, 2019. When should I begin to wonder how much power is left in the battery and to whom do I go to if it runs down?


5 Comments

Battery (and everything else PM)

by AgentX86 - 2020-07-03 00:36:55

Your device tech should give you an estimate of battery life.  It is only a rough estimate and will get better as time goes on.  If you're just a year in, you're in good shape.  They generally last 8-10 years.

When it goes end-of-life, it will give some warning.

Don't stress it.

by AE7XQ - 2020-07-03 01:49:34

I just got my PM last week. I was at my post-op appointment this past Tuesday. They told me that depending upon how much you need to use it, it can last anywhere from eight to fifteen years. I seem to use mine less than 2% of the time right now, my battery estimate is just over fifteen years. Also, you should have some sort of device that you keep near your bed to read what your PM is doing. As your PM gets close to end of battery, it will send that information, along with everything it records otherwise, to whatever hospital/doctor office you got your PM through. At that time, or so I was told on Tuesday, you will get a phone call that you need to schedule an appointment to get it replaced. As said above, if you are just a year in, you are in good shape. I am still quite new to this and am trying learn. If you are still worried, there is no harm in calling your doctor and asking.

pacemaker

by Zorcho - 2020-07-03 02:10:49

Thank you both for your replys

I don't know when I'm using mine. I thought it was working all the time. Actually most of the time I feel great and never think about it unless I start to do something involving electricity. Then I make sure that the device isn't going to be compromised.

Go to Sears Automotive for a recharge

by Protimenow - 2020-07-03 04:14:06

Yes, these should last from 8 to 15 years or so. And, as others have said,if you have a monitor bedside, it'll notify your EP that the PM battery is running low. 

When it gets low enough, you can go to Sears Automotive for a recharge (only kidding). 

When the battery runs low, it doesn't stop working - it just goes into a low power mode. 

At this time, if the battery is approaching its end of life, you'll need the PM replaced.

Battery life

by EhlertACE - 2020-07-03 18:18:32

That's perfect that you "feel great and never think about" your Pacemaker.  That's its beauty--it'll let you live normally and generally without a second thought...for many years.  Congratulations!

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