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Although most medical equipment will have no effect on your ICD, some may affect its function. It is important to tell the doctor, dentist or technician that you have an implanted defibrillator (ICD) well in advance of undergoing any surgery or medical/dental procedure. You should refer to your device as an implanted defibrillator not a pacemaker.  While all defibrillators are capable of pacing, the two devices are very different and may need to be treated differently during surgery or medical/dental procedures.  The medical personnel may wish to consult with the Pacemaker / Defibrillator Clinic in advance of the surgery/procedure to ensure precautions are taken to avoid inappropriate sensing and/or delivery of therapy by the ICD.  During regular office hours clinic staff can be reached by phone at 204-237-2431. 

You should always carry your ICD implant card with you along with a complete list of all your medications.  You may also want to consider wearing a medical identification bracelet at all times.

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