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What happens when a defibrillator battery dies?

Your device will send out an Elective Replacement Indicator (ERI) alert three months before the battery in your ICD runs out. If your ICD fails to send the ERI alert or you don’t replace the battery before it’s fully depleted, you face serious and sometimes life-threatening consequences. 

Once the battery dies, your ICD will not deliver shocks to your heart and can no longer support your heart condition. Patients have reported fainting and feeling dizzy when their ICD devices stop working due to battery failure. Two patients died when they no longer received shocks and pacing after their ICD battery prematurely died.

What is a defibrillator?

How do you change the battery in a defibrillator?

How long does the battery last in a defibrillator?

When should a defibrillator battery be replaced?

Can a defibrillator stop working?

How often should defibrillators be checked?

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