Lead Life

I was just wonding what other's experience has been with lead replacement. I have guidant leads that were implanted 8 years ago and I'm 100% paced (the device has been changed). I have had no problems with the devices or leads despite the long history of recalls that happened a few years ago. I am just wonding how long they typically last.



by Tracey_E - 2009-01-14 06:01:29

Theoretically, leads can last forever. You hear of leads that don't stay anchored (you're 8 yrs past the risk of this one!), that get recalled, or that for one reason or another stop working, but that's the exception rather than the rule.

I got my first pm in 93 and am on my first set of leads. One is impeded, a kink ruptured through 2 of the 3 layers of insulation. It shortens my battery life but it still works so I chose not to get a new one when I had my last battery change.

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