Will my device need to be replaced? How often?

Eventually, yes. Replacing your heart device is typically easier and quicker than your first implant procedure. Your doctor makes an incision, removes your current heart device, and checks the leads. Your implanted leads can be used with your new heart device if the leads are still in good condition. If not, your doctor will implant new leads. Your doctor connects the leads to the new heart device and then tests the heart device and implants it, usually in the same place as your current heart device. Your doctor closes the incision and programs the features of your new heart device.