Getting a Replacement Device

Getting a Replacement CRT-P or CRT-D

If you have a cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker (CRT-P) or ICD (CRT-D), your doctor may recommend that you replace your device at some point. Unlike CRT-Ps and CRT-Ds, a pulmonary artery (PA) sensor or left ventricular assist device (LVAD) does not need to be replaced.

There are a number of reasons you may need a replacement CRT-P or CRT-D device:

  • Your device battery is running low.
  • A new version of your device may become available. Such a device may:
    • Be smaller.
    • Require a less visible pocket—or no pocket—under the skin of your chest or abdomen.
  • You may learn of a device made by a manufacturer other than the one that made yours that seems better suited to your needs.

If you feel a new device may suit your needs better, talk to your doctor. He or she is the best resource for information about having a replacement CRT-P or CRT-D procedure and whether a new or different device would be right for you.

Replacement procedure

If you have received a CRT-P or CRT-D, the device replacement procedure will probably be shorter than your original implantation. This is because your doctor will remove the device, but leave the leads (wires) in place, simply plugging them into your new device.