Hi.. had my first pacemaker placed 5/ 2005. Almost at my 8 year mark. Just had yearly visit with MD & the manufacturer rep. I am 100% dependent on PM. The rep said I am good to go anytime for replacement. Dr. says will watch on a monthly basis now for the magic end of life signal on the PM. FREAKS me out... I have ins & want to know what criteria is used to make the determination to replace. Is it just that signal or are there other indications ? I am 62 1/2 years old & no other medical issues. This is causing a great deal of stress..
It not the magical end of the signal or the heartbeat that is noted for, as a criterion for pacemaker replacement, but rather the pacemaker activity is monitored regularly after a time-limit specified by the manufacturer and any indication of compromise of signal activity is taken as an indication for replacement. In short your cardiologist knows best when to replace the pacemaker without putting your life into danger.
Hope the information is helpful.
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