If you’ve had a pacemaker implanted, you need to have it checked regularly. Our Diagnostic Imaging staff use a computer to check that the pacemaker is working properly.

How the test is performed. You will be seated and an electrode placed on each wrist. A special magnet will then be placed over your pacemaker. Information from your pacemaker will be transmitted to the Ottawa Heart Institute pacemaker/defibrillator clinic.

How to prepare for the test. There is no preparation needed.

How the test will feel. You will not feel anything during the pacemaker check. The check can take 15 to 20 minutes, depending on how complicated your pacemaker is.