Your Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) or Pacemaker Battery
Your ICD or pacemaker battery is specially designed to power your device for a long time. They usually last six to ten years, depending on which device you have and how often it sends electrical impulses to your heart.
When your device battery runs low
When your device’s battery begins to run low, it will give plenty of warning that your doctor can detect during follow-ups with your remote system or in your doctor’s office.
When this happens, your doctor will likely recommend that you replace your current device. A new device is necessary for ICD or pacemaker battery replacement because batteries are not removable from devices.
If you have received an ICD or a pacemaker with leads, the device replacement procedure is usually shorter than your original implantation. This is because your doctor will remove the device, but leave the leads in place, simply plugging them into your new device.