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My mom is 87 and in need of a battery replacement

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My mom is 87 and in need of a battery replacement
For her pacemaker
Her Dementia is at beginning stages and currently she in hospital for lower leg swelling which is under
Control. My brother believes replacing the battery is extending her life and I disagree
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.
Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, Experienced Specialist.
I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.
Every pacemaker has a limited battery life.
The battery should be changed every 3 to 5 yrs to make it function normally.
Pacemaker is implanted to prevent any drop in heart rate too low or prevent it from beating too fast.
It does not do anything else.
Heart does its own job otherwise.
So changing battery does not affect one's life expectancy.
But it is just meant to keep the heart working normally as much as possible.
Your mother still has some quality of life.
So In this case, I agree with you.
Thank you for sharing your concerns with us today. If you have any additional questions or need further clarifications, please do not hesitate to ask. I am here to answer them. I wish your mother good health. Regards, ***** *****