length of time

Hi, Can anybody tell me about how long I can expect the batteries to last in a Bi-V pm that paces 100% of the time? Thank you. AMYMARLA


5 Comments

No answer

by Suze - 2007-04-23 06:04:57

My doctor's both told me 5-7 years -give or take-. That's not really much of an answer, I replied....."Sorry, it's the best we can tell you" ...and they jokingly said that I would be the first to know when It's battery life ended.

Then they got serious and promised that they would give me 6-12 months warning.

Oh yeah, I'm 90% paced...

I agree with the others. There really isn't a definitive answer. But since it's not in the near future, just enjoy life each day.

Hope this helps,

Suze

thanks for your comments

by amymarla - 2007-04-23 09:04:45

I was just looking for the average. My pm dr. pissed me off by letting me wait for 2 hours to see him that after he did his stuff I left the office with out getting my many questions asked. I never made a follow up appt. with him. Nor am I going to. Nobody is worth waiting that many hours to see.

Be Careful

by SMITTY - 2007-04-23 10:04:02

Careful now Amy. You don't want to cut off your nose to spite your face. That little Timex will need looking at occasionally.
I can understand your frustation, but you really need a face to face visit with that doctor so you can tell him just what you think of the way you were treated.
Have some fun, make that follow up appointment and go in with a long list of questions and make him sit there while you go through the entire list.
Good luck
Smitty

Battery Life

by SMITTY - 2007-04-23 11:04:09

Hi Amy,

I not trying to be a smart aleck, but can you tell us how long a piece of string is? Of course there is no answer to my question and the answer to your question is almost that endless. For example, it depends on make of pacemaker, length of time you have had it, the impedance of the leads, atrial lead amplitude, ventricular lead amplitude, voltage at the beginning of service for your pacemaker, heart rate to be maintained and other things.

When you have a checkup the person doing the checkup should get an estimated remaining battery life. Get that number from them as it will be your most accurate guess. I get copies of the printout the tech. gets when I have a checkup so that I can compare numbers. Ask for a copy of your as it should show the estimated remaining battery life.

From the data I have seen, the published numbers for battery life is 5 to 10 years. I have to believe they can do better than that.

Smity

BiV Pacemaker Time

by BABlocker - 2007-04-23 12:04:01

I have a BiV Pacemaker and it has about 3.5 years left. I have had it 1 1/2 years.

My EP seems to feel that I have about 3 years left; the readout during interrogation is relatively unreliable he states, because in the beginning life, the battery readout seems to slowly decrease until a certain time frame is reached and then it becomes depleted at a much faster rate.

I am also 100% paced in my ventricles and 87% paced in my atria.

Good luck to you.

Warmly,
Barbara Blocker

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