Battery Longevity

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Pacemakers and ICDs are powered by special batteries that are made to last a long time. These batteries don’t suddenly wear out, like flashlight batteries. Instead, they give you plenty of warning that they are reaching the end of service.


Your doctor will monitor the battery as part of your regular device checkup. Most device batteries last three to six years, although it depends on the device and how often it sends electrical impulses to the heart.

When the battery starts to run low, your doctor will arrange for a replacement. Implantable devices are sealed shut, so the batteries are not replaceable. Instead, your doctor will implant a new device. Typically, this procedure does not last as long as your original device implant because the doctor will simply plug the new ICD or pacemaker into your already existing heart leads.

Last Reviewed: March 11, 2010 900245