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An implanted cardiac device, such as an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) or a pacemaker, is essentially a small computer that collects data about your heart's activity throughout the day and night, and activates when your heart needs stimulation.
Often called "remote monitoring," this technology is a way for your implanted heart device to communicate with your doctor or clinic through the device if you need help. Your healthcare team can monitor your heart health and the function of your cardiac device without you having to be physically present at the clinic.
Remote monitoring can:
Traditionally, data from a device is collected and downloaded during an office visit. With remote cardiac monitoring, the information is sent in real-time to your healthcare team using wireless technology and a Bluetooth-enabled device. In this way, heart problems can be detected and treated much earlier.
Presbyterian Heart and Vascular Care has a skilled electrophysiology team who can provide a wide range of cardiac rhythm treatments. Their electrophysiology cardiologists are trained in many different techniques and procedures, many of which can provide you with a shorter recovery period and the opportunity to recover at home.
If you have a pacemaker or ICD device or will be getting one, you may be eligible for remote monitoring. You may need a pacemaker or ICD if your heart is beating too slowly. Several tests can find the cause of your irregular heartbeat (arrhythmias). These tests include:
Some conditions that cause an abnormal heart rate include:
Ask your doctor about remote monitoring for your device. Even older models can be activated remotely.
Patients with an implanted pacemaker or defibrillator are given a monitor, a small transmitter to keep at home, which communicates with the cardiac device wirelessly.
If your cardiac device recognizes a heart rhythm problem or a problem with the device, such as a low battery or an issue with one of the device's leads, it will send a message to the monitor, which then uploads that information to the central servers at the medical manufacturer of the device.
Nearly all modern implanted devices are capable of remote monitoring. Most have built-in Bluetooth technology that allows them to wirelessly collect data from the device and transmit it to the clinic. Some newer devices even allow patients to use a smartphone app.
Even if you have an older pacemaker without Bluetooth technology, you may be able to perform remote monitoring manually. On older models, you may hold a wand over your device for a short period to send information from your cardiac device to your cardiac clinic.
From there, healthcare providers review the findings by logging into a highly secure, password-protected, HIPAA-compliant website from the clinic or even their own home computer, if necessary.
Have your device checked at all follow-up visits to make sure it is working.