Remote Monitoring Stay connected. Keep going.
If you have an implanted heart device, ongoing care doesn't end at the implant. It's important to maintain a connection with your doctor or clinic for the life of your device. One of the best ways to do this is through remote monitoring.
Remote monitoring is a way for your implanted heart device to communicate with your doctor or clinic using a small monitor, potentially reducing the number of times you have to travel to your clinic for an implanted heart device check.
Studies show that remote monitoring:
Remote monitoring is prescribed by your doctor. It provides easy access to information that allows your doctor to:
Robbie has a pacemaker (a non-wireless device); he sends his information manually to his doctor.
Doug has an ICD (a wireless device); his information is sent automatically to his doctor (usually while he sleeps).
Information from your heart device goes straight to your clinic. Your doctor will be alerted if there's a concern.*
CareAlert™ Notifications are available for wireless devices only, and are designated by your clinic.
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