Pacemakers 'likely to outlast patients' in the over-80s

But the need for reoperation is as high as one in four for some defibrillator implants, researchers say

Patients in their 80s with a pacemaker are much more likely to die from any cause than to need a reoperation for their device, an Australian study shows.

doctor holding pacemaker

But for more complex devices such as cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) defibrillators, the odds of needing a replacement over five years from implantation are 24%, leading the authors to advise “careful consideration” for use in older patients.

The Adelaide researchers conducted a retrospective review of

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