Pacemakers in the news

5 February 2016        

Category: BHF Comment

Pacemaker closeup

Recent media stories have reported concerns over the battery life of implantable heart monitors and the need for this to be improved to benefit heart patients.

The BMJ reports that over half of patients with pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator's (ICD) will need new batteries, but there are no incentives to develop longer life devices.

What we are saying

Our Medical Director, Professor Peter Weissberg, comments: “One of the greatest concerns for patients with pacemakers or ICDs is the life of the battery. Pacemaker technology has improved hugely since BHF-funded researchers first pioneered the implantable pacemaker decades ago. 

The devices are now smaller and more sophisticated than ever before.  However patients would have every right to feel let down if manufacturers were not applying the latest battery technology to minimise the need for repeated replacements. This is an issue that regulators should look at carefully.”


In you have any concerns about your pacemaker or ICD we would encourage you to speak to your GP.

Otherwise please contact our heart helpline to speak to one of our nurses.