Patients with cardiac devices such as pacemaker, ICD or ILR have the option of remote monitoring from home. This provides information about the device function (including how the leads are functioning and battery life), abnormal heart rhythm and signs of heart failure to your cardiology team. This allows your cardiology team to continue to monitor your device from home.
Remote monitoring requires monitoring equipment that is given to you to take home and/or a smart phone application that can help send this information to a centralized computer server which can accessed by your cardiologist. Depending on the type of device you have, remote monitoring can occur automatically based on alerts that are programmed in the device related to device function or clinical events. For non-automatic devices, remote monitoring checks are initiated by the patient for concerns of symptoms or on a regular schedule (usually every 3 months).