Scared, battery is low
I am getting scared. I have a St Jude dual chamber ICD, pacing artial 90% ventricle 20%. SSS, right atrium defect. I live in the US.
This is my second, soon to be 3rd pace maker. I was implanted in 2011 with this device... I have been told I had 2 years, 6 months later, 1 year, 2 months later 10 months before I run out of battery. It is dropping quickly. Mathematically I am at less than 9% battery life. They (Kaiser Insurance) don't want to swap out until it is closer to the end, like when I start beeping for low battery. The doctor's are good with that too, but they are employed by Kaiser as well.
If your cell phone was at 9% you plug it in... ?right? Why would they make me wait. I am PM dependent and they are just like, nope, not close enough... Am I wrong to be so scared???
Also, I was 36 when implanted... I keep reading PM patients usually live only 20 years after first implant. I have approximately 15% cardiomeglia. I waited too long to get implanted and my heart muscles grew. My valves are great... I am 55, not ready to die... Have any of you gone over 20 years??
Sorry so long... Any feedback will help..
Thank you, Lori