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What Results Can You Expect From an Implantable Defibrillator?

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Following your procedure, it is reasonable to expect that the device will listen to your heart, control your abnormal heartbeats and keep your heart beating at a normal rate.
You can also expect to have follow-up visits with your doctor. During these visits your doctor will check the functioning and battery life of the device. These visits are painless and usually take a short amount of time.
These devices have a battery-life of approximately 5-10 years. When the battery runs out of power, it will need to be replaced. This is done by replacing the pulse generator in the pocket and usually involves staying overnight in the hospital. Occasionally, a lead wire may become dislodged or damaged. In this case, the entire device will need to be replaced. A repeat of your original procedure would be required.
In most cases, you should be able to resume your normal activities, as your doctor permits, after a recovery period. You should be able to do just about everything you used to do before the procedure. If your overall health permits, you can exercise, jog, run, hike or do very strenuous activities. You can also drive your car, go to work and travel.

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