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Pacemaker and ICD Testing is done in our office on a daily basis. Both pacemakers and ICD’s (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators) implanted by our physicians at the hospital are checked with routine frequency in our Pacemaker/ ICD Clinic.

It is important for a patient with a newly implanted device to keep the clinic appointment that is set when they leave the hospital. The patient may then be scheduled to come to the clinic for an appointment on a regular interval, or may be scheduled to use an “at home” testing device.

Important: If you have an ICD and it delivers a shock to you, please report it to our clinic technician. If you have more frequent shocks, or several shocks in a brief time period, report these to our clinic technician or to your provider. If it occurs during the night or on a weekend, go to the Emergency Department for further evaluation.

Preparation:

  • No special preparation is needed.
  • You will have several small “sticky pads”(electrodes) applied to your chest area.
  • Be sure to keep your scheduled appointment. If you must miss your appointment, please call us to reschedule it. We can use that time slot for another patient.

During the test:

  • The technician applies a wand over the device site and it “talks” with the device. Information transmitted from the device is analyzed, and a report can be printed. The test is painless and takes about 10-15 minutes to complete.
  • If your device is new, the technician will talk with you about it and answer any questions that you might have.
  • If the test indicates the need for any adjustments to be made, the technician is qualified to make them while you are here.
  • If there is any urgent problem noted with your device, it can be addressed while you are in the clinic.

After the test:

  • The technician will tell you if the test is okay, or will briefly discuss any issues that need to be reviewed by a physician.
  • If you are seeing your provider the same day, they will tell you about the test results at that time.
  • If the test is done on a day that you don’t see your provider, the nurse will contact you with information about the results after the provider reviews it, usually 7-10 days.

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