- Your doctor uses a special analyzer to detect the first warning that the batteries are running down, before you can detect any changes yourself.
- Sudden, major slowing down of your heart rate (which you may detect) probably indicates a more serious problem. Call your doctor immediately.
- Eventually your pacemaker will need to be replaced in a minor surgical procedure. Your healthcare provider can explain it to you.
Modern pacemakers are built to last. But as with any electronic device, they require some care (View an animation of a pacemaker). Do your part to help your pacemaker manage your heart rhythm.