Biventricular Pacemaker (cont.)
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How Long Will My Pacemaker Last?
Regular pacemakers usually last 4-8 years. Biventricular pacemakers that are combined with an ICD and do not tend to last as long (about 2-4 years).
How Will I Know If My Pacemaker Needs to Be Changed?
After getting a pacemaker, you will need to follow up with the doctor and nurses in a pacemaker clinic and through phone check-ups. This will allow them to monitor your pacemaker's function and anticipate when it will need to be changed.
Resynchronization therapy is only one part of a comprehensive heart failure management program. Device and/or surgical therapy, when combined with taking medications, following a low-sodium diet, making lifestyle changes, and following up with a heart failure specialist, will help you decrease symptoms and live a more active life. Your doctor will help determine what treatment options are best for you.
Last Editorial Review: 1/24/2008