I have a pacemaker, can they take it off in the future or should I wear it forever?

Question: I have had a pacemaker implanted for two years. I am getting used to it, but I would like to know if in the future they can take it from me or if it is something for life. Diana (Ecuador).

Answer: The pacemaker is a device whose implant is considered definitive. With the passage of time, the generator will be depleted just as the batteries of the electrical devices are exhausted and a replacement will be necessary, but keeping the same cables that go to the heart, since these remain fixed and could only be removed with surgery.

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