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How do I take care of my pacemaker?

Here’s how the pacemaker will be maintained:
  • Follow-up appointments. Your healthcare provider will ask you to set up follow-up appointments. To check the pacemaker, you will have various kinds of tests. For example, a pacemaker programmer -- like a small portable computer -- will check the device using a wand placed over the pacemaker. The doctor might also adjust the pacemaker’s settings.
  • Checking the pacemaker over the phone. A transmitter might be used at home to send pacemaker signals to your doctor.
  • Replacing the battery. The average battery life is 5 to 10 years. Follow-up appointments will tell your healthcare provider if this is needed.
  • Replacing leads. In rare cases, the leads can become cracked. Your healthcare provider will check the leads and replace them if needed.

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