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  • Do leads need to be changed every 10 years or so?

    I was watching the PBS special on the heart tonight..pretty good.

    One woman (trying to decide on an ICD for her Long Q son) stated of the need to replace leads every 10-12 years and the risk associated with that surgery.

    I do not recall ever hearing that with any of my docs when I was looking at having my ICD implanted 8 years ago. I knew the battery would wear out, but the leads?

    Is this a true statement that they change them out every so often?

    Julie in Cincy

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    Re: Do leads need to be changed every 10 years or so?

    I had my first lead revision done in 2005 after having my device for 12 years. All they did was put the new one in, capped the old one and left it in. They gave me an option of having it extracted, but I said Id wait.

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      Re: Do leads need to be changed every 10 years or so?

      Actually that was not completely accurate. Leads can last up to 20+years. I have 2 leads that are over 15 years old and they are in good condition. I have one lead that is 10 years old and in good condition.

      However we must say that YES leads may need to be replaced but not as often as devices. In some cases they leave the old leads in place and add new ones.

      Lisa
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        Re: Do leads need to be changed every 10 years or so?

        Thanks for the answer.

        I know 8 years ago they told me the device battery would last approx 7-10 years and would need to be replaced, but I sure do not recall them telling me about the leads at all. BUT..then again I could have been in a bit of shock of all that was happening to me and missed some of what they were telling me???

        Julie in Cincy

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