The Pacemaker/Defibrillator Clinic is a specialized outpatient clinic designed for the care of patients with implanted rhythm-management devices. These devices include pacemakers to prevent slow heart rates; defibrillators to treat rapid life-threatening rhythm disturbances; and reveal monitors, which record heart rhythm irregularities.
Our goal at the clinic is to:
- Look after aspects of patients’ health associated with their device
- Provide ongoing follow-up of the device
- Provide patient and family education about the device
The clinic is staffed by doctors and nurses who specialize in the treatment and care of patients who have an implantable rhythm device.
We work together with your family doctor and cardiologist. We do not provide any non-device-related cardiology assessments; nor do we address any general cardiac issues.
What to Expect
At each clinic visit you will see a nurse, or a nurse and a doctor.
The nurse will interrogate your device to obtain information on how it is functioning. This information will be reviewed and any necessary changes will be made.
The clinic staff will be available to answer any questions you or your family might have about your particular device or how it is functioning.
Come to your clinic visit with your questions written down so we can make sure all of your concerns are addressed.
Clinic visits are by appointment. If you are not feeling well or have other issues, you must call the clinic in order to be seen. You will not be seen if you just drop in to the clinic.