Remote Monitoring

If you received an implantable cardiac device such as an ICD or pacemaker, there is a good chance that you may also receive a remote monitoring device.

The remote monitor is a small device that is plugged in at home and has a communication channel e.g. phone, wi-fi; with your cardiac centre. Periodically your device will contact it and data will be sent via it to the cardiac centre.

This allows the hospital to monitor your heart remotely saving you trips to them and also giving you extra peace of mind.

It is worth noting that not all centres give their patients these and not all patients receive them.

Explainer Videos

If you are new to remote monitoring you may find the following videos from the British Heart Rhythm Society, device manufacturers and patient advocate Doug Rachac that we have collated together to explain remote moniotring.

The British Heart Rhythm Society have worked with Explain my Procedure to produce an explainer video on remote monitoring…
ICD Patient advocate Doug Rachac also has a great video on this subject…

Patient Apps

The main ICD producers also have apps available for patients. Their functionality varies but in general, they enhance the patient experience and are not a replacement for a dedicated home monitor or hospital visits.