About Defibrillator Implants


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Eaton Building - 2nd Floor, in the Operating Room or ​the Cardiovascular Investigations Unit

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Patients are admitted to the Cardiac Short Stay Unit ​or the Cardiology Unit on the 5th​ F​loor Munk Building​ on the morning of the procedure.

What We Do

Defibrillator implants involve the insertion of a small computer-like device and lead system (1 or 2 leads) that responds to and treats rapid heart rhythms by delivering a pulse and or shock to interrupt the fast heartbeat. This device can also treat slow heart rhythms in the same way as a pacemaker. The defibrillator is implanted under the skin in your upper chest and the lead is threaded into the heart via a vein. 

A defibrillator implant is done under anesthesia and monitoring and is a same day or overnight admission.


Hours & Contact

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Phone: 416 340 3248

 Health Information

​The Patient & Family Education Program at UHN offers valuable resources to help you understand your condition.​

Visit our health information section.​​​​​

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