How long can you live with an implanted defibrillator?
Manufacturers of ICDs promise a period of 5 to 9 years of projected ICD longevity.
ICDs prevent premature death. Studies show that for patients who meet the criteria for implantation, survival is increased for those with ICDs as opposed to those without.
Usually, you are able to lead a normal life with this device. An ICD generally lasts 5 to 7 years after the implantation. Individuals with hereditary heart disease can use ICDs for much longer since they are generally younger at the time of implantation.
Due to advances in technology, the chances that machines could interfere with your ICD have reduced. Even so, you should take some precautions with your device and your doctor may check it several times a year.
Eventually, you will need a surgical replacement procedure for your battery or ICD. The new surgery is less involved than the original one and your healthcare provider should explain it to you.
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