At some point, your doctor may recommend that you replace your insertable cardiac monitor (ICM), pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).
There are a number of common reasons for needing a replacement device:
If you feel a new device may suit your needs better, talk to your doctor. He or she is the best resource for information about having a replacement ICM, ICD or pacemaker procedure and whether a new or different device would be right for you.
If you have received an ICD or a pacemaker with leads, the device replacement procedure will probably be shorter than your original implantation. This is because your doctor will remove the device, but leave the leads in place, simply plugging them into your new device.
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