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With an implanted heart device, ongoing care doesn't end at the implant. It's important to maintain a connection with the doctor or clinic for the life of the device. One of the ways to do this is through remote monitoring.
Remote monitoring is a way for the implanted heart device to communicate with the doctor or clinic using a small monitor. This information is sent directly to the doctor or clinic providing them with the information to routinely check the device from wherever the patient is located.
Remote monitoring is prescribed by your doctor to access information that allows them to manage your heart condition and monitor your implanted heart device. The shared information may communicate abnormal heart rhythms or issues with your heart device to your doctor faster.
Information from the heart device goes straight to your clinic. The doctor will be alerted if there's a concern.*
CareAlert™ Notifications are available for wireless devices only, and are designated by the clinic.
Watch how you can download and set-up the My CareLink Heart Mobile App for your Medtronic Heart Devices.
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