I have a VDD pacemaker implant since 2011 but I have paced 3% since then. The problem is Its now pacing diaphragm, I get pvcs and severe cough. drs here have confirmed I don't need it anymore, They wanted to switch it off but the battery life is too low to change the settings. It was on VDD mode but automatically changed the mode to VVI. 3rd day now i get severe cardiac events. The pacemaker request immediate replacement, of which I don't need it anymore.
Does anyone have an idea whether the pacemaker will automatically switch off when the battery is completely depleted? If not, is there any harm if I stay with a non functioning or low battery pacer for sometimes? Any advice with leads extraction? Thank you