I have had a PM for almost 6 years. I live in Mexico, and I just had my second(only) check up with what they call an engineer here...someone checking how your PM is working. I have never had what I see referred to here as an EP(an electrophysiologist) but only a cardiologist, whom I see regularly. I was quite shocked to learn that the PM is the only thing keeping my heart beating now...if the battery ran out or something else happened, my heart would stop. Anyone else have this shock? I am 77, otherwise in good health....apparently I have degeneration of the electrical system of my heart, yet another part of ageing, I guess. I suppose I should be thankful that the pacemaker is keeping me going, but it still feels a little weird to me to know that my heart would not be beating at all without it.
You know you're wired when...
You have a T-shirt that reads Wired4Sound.
The pacer systems are really very reliable. The main problem is the incompetent programming of them. If yours is working well for you, get on with life and enjoy it. You probably are more at risk of problems with a valve job than the pacer.