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All scheduled appointments and procedures will happen as planned on Monday, July 22.

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Preparing for Your Visit


  • Patients are pre-registered and the test takes place in the Catheterization Lab on Phippen 5.

About the Defibrillator/Pacemaker implant procedure

  • Have a light meal the night before and don’t eat or drink anything after midnight.
  • The complete procedure may take about two to three hours.
  • You will stay overnight in the hospital for observation.
  • You will need to designate a driver to bring you home the next morning.
  • During the procedure your heart rate, blood pressure and breathing will be monitored. Local anesthesia and medication will be given to help you relax.
  • A small incision will be made beneath your collarbone, and a pacemaker or ICD will be inserted through the incision.
  • A pacemaker is a small, battery-operated device that sends electrical impulses to your heart. It helps your heart maintain a normal heartbeat. An internal cardiac defibrillator, or ICD, is also small, battery-operated device that sends electrical impulses that correct an abnormal heartbeat.
  • The incision will be closed with stitches
  • A week after surgery the stitches will be removed.

Locations and directions

Catheterization Lab, Phippen 5, Salem Hospital