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.
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 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.
The app provides basic details on the condition of your implanted device and LATITUDE Communicator. You also have access to the knowledge that your remote monitor is operational, FAQ concerning your implanted cardiac device and configuration and issue resolution for your remote monitor