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Do pacemaker wires ever need to be replaced?

Jonathan P. Piccini, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Sometimes cardiac pacemaker or defibrillator leads (wires) may need to be removed or replaced years after the device has been implanted due to infection, malfunction, or fracture. Removing implanted leads is potentially risky and offered only at a small number of medical centers—many fewer than those offering implantation of these systems.

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