Can you live a normal long life with a pacemaker?
generally last 5 to 7 years or longer, depending on usage and the type of device. In most cases, you can lead a normal life with an ICD. Advances in technology have reduced the chances that machines, such as microwaves, could interfere with your device.
What is the longest someone has lived with a pacemaker?
The longest working pacemaker (present day) is 37 years 251 days and was achieved by Stephen Peech (UK), as of 7 June 2021.
What is the downside of a pacemaker?
Complications related to pacemaker surgery or having a pacemaker are uncommon, but could include: Infection near the site in the heart where the device is implanted. Swelling, bruising or bleeding at the pacemaker site, especially if you take blood thinners. Blood clots (thromboembolism) near the pacemaker site.
How long can you live off a pacemaker?
The typical lifetime of a pacemaker can vary between five and fifteen years, says Dr Syed Ahsan, Consultant Cardiologist. The longevity of the device has improved greatly in recent times. The typical lifetime of a pacemaker can vary between five and fifteen years, says Dr Syed Ahsan, Consultant Cardiologist.