An introduction to
TriageHF™, how it works,
and how you’ll benefit.
The page has been created to give you key information about TriageHF™- a report created by summarising health-related
data monitored by your Medtronic cardiac device. Information contained in the TriageHF™ report is designed to help your heart care team treat new or existing heart conditions.
This page is intended to give you the core insights into TriageHF™ and won’t replace any discussions between you and your cardiac care team.
WHAT IS TRIAGEHF™?
As well as helping treat your heart condition, your Medtronic cardiac device routinely collects data about your health. By combining information about your heart rate and heart rhythm, your activity levels and the presence of any fluid in your chest, your device can provide your cardiac care team with information about the stability of your heart condition, and notify them about any significant changes in your health-related data. This health-related data is summarised as a report for your cardiac care team; using data from new technology called TriageHF™.
DATA MAY HELP
CHANGE IN THE
WAY YOUR HEART
If there are any significant changes in your health-related data in between regular transmissions, a message will automatically be sent to your team. This is called a CareAlert™ notification.
CareAlerts™ keep your team updated about your health, so they can check the stability of your heart condition and make appropriate assessment and treatment decisions, in between your scheduled appointments and regular data transmissions.
In most cases, a patient’s health-related data remains stable,
so a CareAlert™ notification may never need to
TriageHF™ connects with your cardiac care team using a communication system called CareLink™. This can be set up using the MyCareLink™ Heart mobile app or the MyCareLink™ Patient Monitor. Your team will program your cardiac device to enable it to automatically send regular transmissions and CareAlert™ notifications through your CareLink™ app or monitor, should a change in health-related data be detected.
Please always have your mobile app or monitor set up as instructed by your cardiac care team.
Your cardiac device will be programmed by your cardiac care team so it can automatically send CareAlerts™ through CareLink™, to your cardiac care team, if needed.
Your cardiac device will continuously monitor your health-related data. Certain changes will trigger a CareAlert™ notification.
Your regular data and CareAlerts™ will help your cardiac care team identify if you need an assessment in between scheduled appointments. If so, they’ll contact you.
Your treatment plan and medication will be updated as required.
Your cardiac care team will give you separate information explaining how to use the MyCareLink™ Heart mobile app or MyCareLink™ Patient Monitor.
Please ask a member of your team if you have any questions, or visit the link below to find out more.
managing your heart condition
The TriageHF™ risk score will allow your cardiac care team to assess any significant changes in your health-related data collected by your cardiac device.
However, it’s important to know how to identify any potential changes in your heart condition yourself, as early as possible. You can use the HF symptom checker** below to help keep track of your health and decide if you need to take action.View the HF Symptom Checker
Try to eat a low-fat, low-salt diet, with plenty of fruit, vegetables and lean protein.
Try to be active for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week and include at least 2 muscle strengthening activities on 2 or more days.
Take the medication your doctor or nurse has prescribed, at the right time intervals.
You’ll find lots of information about how to eat healthily and exercise safely at the British Heart Foundation website.***
WHAT TYPES OF HEALTH-RELATED DATA DOES MY CARDIAC DEVICE MONITOR?
Your device monitors a range of data about your heart condition, including your heart rate and heart rhythm. In addition, it tracks fluid levels in your chest and your general activity levels. If you have a pacemaker that resynchronises your heart beat, your device also monitors how frequently your heart is being paced. If your device detects a change in this data, it will send a CareAlert™ notification to your cardiac care team and notify them of your TriageHF™ risk score.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER MY DEVICE TRIGGERS A CAREALERT™?
CareAlert™ notifications may be used by your cardiac care team to see if you need an assessment in between your scheduled appointments. If you do, they’ll contact you to arrange a phone call. During the call, you’ll be asked some questions about your symptoms. Depending on your answers, your care team might make changes to your treatment plan or medication, to help maintain the stability of your heart condition.
WILL MY CARDIAC CARE TEAM RELY SOLELY ON DATA FROM MY CARDIAC DEVICE TO ASSESS MY CONDITION?
No, the data will be used to decide if you need an assessment with a doctor or nurse from your cardiac care team in between your scheduled appointments. Any changes to your treatment plan or medication will never be based solely on the information calculated by TriageHF™.
WILL TRIAGEHF™ AFFECT THE BATTERY LIFE OF MY CARDIAC DEVICE?
No, as your cardiac device already collects the data that’s monitored and transmitted.
There shouldn’t be any detrimental impact on battery life.
WHAT SHOULD I DO TO MAKE SURE TRIAGEHF™ AND CARELINK™ WORK EFFECTIVELY?
If you’re using the MyCareLink™ Heart mobile app, keep your smart phone or tablet switched on and charged, with Bluetooth® enabled. For the MyCareLink™ Patient Monitor, make sure it’s switched on at all times. You’ll find more information in the CareLink™ booklet, which your cardiac care team will give to you.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE ANY PROBLEMS OR NEED TECHNICAL SUPPORT?
Please contact Medtronic if you have any questions about your cardiac device, TriageHF™ or CareLink™.
You can call us on 00800-266-632-82, Monday to Friday between 8am and 4pm. Alternatively, you can speak to your cardiac care team at your next scheduled appointment.
DOES TRIAGEHF™ REPLACE MY APPOINTMENTS AT THE HOSPITAL?
No, you’ll still need to keep your scheduled appointments with your cardiac care team. The advantage is that TriageHF™ can notify your team about any potentially significant changes in your heart condition as they occur. This enables them to make any necessary changes to your treatment plan or medication in between your appointments.
PLEASE NOTE THAT TRIAGEHF™ ISN’T AN EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE AND DOESN’T REPLACE THE NEED TO SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IN THE NORMAL WAY IF YOU’RE FEELING UNWELL.
- Cardiac device. An implanted device that helps regulate your heart rate and rhythm. May be a defibrillator, cardiac resynchronisation pacemaker or a combined cardiac resynchronisation pacemaker and defibrillator.
- Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy/Pacemaker (CRT). A special pacemaker specifically designed to improve the coordination of the heart’s contractions.
- Defibrillator or Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD). A cardiac device designed to detect and treat potentially life-threatening heart rhythms.
- CareLink™. The communication system that sends both device-related data and the health-related data assessed by TriageHF™ to your cardiac care team. Consists of either a mobile app, MyCareLink™ Heart, or the MyCareLink™ Patient Monitor.
- TriageHF™. This technology is available in Medtronic devices. It uses CareLink™ to notify your cardiac care team of any significant changes in health-related data that is detected.
- CareAlert™ notification. A message generated in response to a potentially significant change in health-related data. The notification prompts your cardiac care team to review your data and make any necessary changes.
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PATIENT ASSOCIATIONS / SUPPORT GROUPS
Don’t hesitate to reach out to peers for more support
* A HIGH risk score indicates that a patient may be at increased risk of hospital admission. The risk score, and the information contained in the report may be used by your cardiac care team to decide if you need an assessment earlier than your next scheduled appointment.