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Dr. Bernice Tsang, MD, FRCPC, Electrophysiologist Having a Pacemaker and Defibrillator Inserted - What to Expect

There are two different kinds of devices: pacemakers and defibrillators. Pacemakers are used to treat slow rhythm problems, and defibrillators are used to treat fast rhythm problems coming from the bottom part of the heart.

Devices are placed under conscious sedation. You do not need a general anesthetic for the procedure. The procedure takes anywhere between 10 minutes for a battery replacement and about 20 minutes for a new device.

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Heart failure is one of many different heart conditions treated by a cardiologist. Other common conditions include heart disease, atrial fibrillation and genetic cardiac conditions.


Following a healthy diet and exercise plan can contribute to the prevention of conditions such as coronary artery disease and heart failure.


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Medications can help patients manage and control their conditions preventing symptoms and even disease progression.

Dr. Paul Dorian, MD, CM, MSc., Cardiologist Helpful Tips On Lifestyle Factors and Atrial Fibrillation

Patients often ask me: I have atrial fibrillation, should I be worried about lifestyle, are there things I should do or I shouldn’t do? The most important thing for patients to understand about atrial fibrillation and lifestyle is as follows.

First, coffee is safe in atrial fibrillation, there’s no reason not to drink coffee, and the scientific evidence if anything shows that coffee protects you from atrial fibrillation, doesn’t cause atrial fibrillation. Of course, if you drink too much coffee it can cause anxiety or palpitations, but it has nothing to do with the atrial fibrillation.

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Dr. Julia Cadrin-Tourigny, MD, FRCP, Cardiologist - Electrophysiologist Diagnosing and Screening Genetic Heart Conditions

Several conditions require an evaluation cardiogenetic. First, different types of cardiomyopathy, or heart muscle disorders. These include hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, some forms of familial cardiomyopathies, and arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy.

There are also some electric problems of the heart that require an evaluation. These include Brugada syndrome, long QT syndrome among other arrhythmic problems, and also some forms of familial sudden death. There are also some cholesterol problems that need evaluation, as well as some aortic problems.

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