Battery replacement

I am 100% pacemaker dependant and my battery is to be replaced in 26 days now, but the estimated remaining longevity of my battery is only 1 month as per the last check up. Therefore, I am little bit worry as nobody knows exactly when my battery will be down. I would like to have your advice on this matter because I would like to continue to exercise before my next operation.

Thank you in advance


Cutting it fine

by crustyg - 2020-01-17 07:50:07

The extra battery power that will be used by you exercising (and therefore requiring more pacing pulses) is unlikely to make much difference to your battery life.  In my calendar 26 days is pretty darn close to 1 month.

I wouldn't be happy with anyone running me that close to predicted end of battery life if I were completely dependent on my PM.  Depending on your settings, you may have automatic pacing threshold adjustment enabled, so you could suddenly find that each pacing pulse consumes 10% more battery energy-per-pulse than before.

In your shoes I would be pushing to have the PM replacement done sooner. Pushing hard.


by AgentX86 - 2020-01-17 08:11:03

Your battery has gone 70 years, what's another month? Since you're 150 years old, are you sure you need one?

That's Crazy

by Joe Newbie - 2020-01-17 20:22:00

I am 100% dependant on my PM, they tell me I am down to 26 days I'd crap a brick. I don't want to hear  "Well your good for 26 more days, but we can't get you an appointment until 30 days from now.".

What is wrong with people.......Agentx86 is spot on, they are having very old people dropping dead, but wait the pacemaker is still going. 


by AgentX86 - 2020-01-17 21:28:18

Actually, given his profile and the absurd claim,  I figured that it had to be a troll. No one who is really PM dependent is going "down to the wire" without some burning buildings (hospitals and insurance companies).  I know I have no such plans (the wire thing, they better have paid their fire insurance).


by Kend - 2020-01-18 08:51:02

Thank you dwelch

I am feeling better now after your comments



by AgentX86 - 2020-01-18 12:46:31

If you're not a troll, fix your bio. As it is, one can only laugh at what you have to say.  Help is impossible.

not a problem

by dwelch - 2020-01-18 14:58:21

the estimate is always bad, it does get more accurate as you get close, one month is more accurate

that does not mean it just shuts off, that means it will go into a safety mode, and you have a few months more in that mode before it is a real problem, so you have months to go.

your exercise isnt really going to affect this in a way you can measure

what might happen is if it does go into this safe mode it will lock your heart at a fixed rate like 65bpm and exercise will solve it self, you wont be able to, you will get out of breath and energy immediately and want to stop.

so there is nothing to be concerned about, live your life normally, prep for the post op period if needed, if you go into this fixed mode before the surgery then take it easy dont exert yourself too much take the elevator not the stairs.


just a guess

by ROBO Pop - 2020-01-18 15:33:26

I suspect you are confusing ERI battery mode with EOL, many do. It's highly unlikely your doctor would push the envelope so far and risk losing revenue


by Kend - 2020-01-19 05:58:33

Thank you dwelch

I am feeling better now after your comments

Really thank you very much

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A properly implanted and adjusted pacemaker will not even be noticeable after you get over the surgery.