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Remote monitoring for implanted heart devices

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 

Remote monitoring is a way for your implanted heart device to communicate with your doctor or clinic, potentially reducing the number of times you have to travel to your clinic for an implanted heart device check.

Studies have shown that remote monitoring:

  • Detects abnormal heart rhythms and issues with heart devices faster.1,2
  • Reduces hospitalizations and ER visits.3,4
  • Increases quality of life.4
  • Provides a sense of security and peace of mind.5-7

Remote monitoring is prescribed by your doctor. It provides easy access to information that allows your doctor to:

  • Manage your heart condition.
  • Monitor your implanted heart device.
  • Obtain information from your implanted heart device on an as-needed basis.

MyCareLink Heart™

MyCareLink Heart mobile app viewed on a mobile phone

Bluetooth®-enabled Medtronic heart devices can communicate directly to your clinic via the MyCareLink Heart mobile app, available for Apple® and Android™ mobile devices.

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MyCareLink Relay™

MyCareLink Relay home communicator in a small format with a blue circle around it

The MyCareLink Relay home communicator sends data from your heart device directly to your clinic using Wi-Fi or cellular data.

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Find the right remote monitoring option for you

Medtronic offers hardware and app-based monitors designed to fit your lifestyle. Your doctor or clinic will help you determine the right monitoring option for you.

Options for heart devices with Bluetooth®

MyCareLink Heart Mobile App*

The MyCareLink Heart mobile app allows you to use a smartphone or tablet as a monitor. Whether at home or on the go, you’ll stay connected to your clinic using cellular data or Wi-Fi. The app also gives you access to information about your heart device, including implant date, heart device type, model, and serial number, and it will send you notifications on transmission and connectivity status.

This option may be best if you:

  • Own a compatible smartphone or tablet
  • Keep a smartphone or tablet nearby at least three hours per day

*Keep your mobile device and software current so you can continue to use the app.

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MyCareLink Relay Home Communicator

The MyCareLink Relay home communicator sends data from your heart device directly to your clinic using Wi-Fi or cellular data. 

This option may be best if you rarely carry your mobile device — like a smartphone or tablet — with you.

MyCareLink Relay home communicator on white background

Options for other Medtronic heart devices

MyCareLink Smart Monitor*

The MyCareLink Smart monitor uses a handheld reader and an app to send heart device data to your clinic through your mobile device.

This option may be best if you:

  • Have a Medtronic pacemaker, including CRT-P
  • Own a mobile device like a smartphone or tablet or have a caretaker who owns a smartphone or tablet

*Keep your mobile device and software current so you can continue to use the app.

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MyCareLink Monitor

The MyCareLink monitor sends data from your heart device directly to your clinic using a cellular network.

This option may be best if you do not have a compatible smart device.

The MyCareLink monitor is the only option for patients with older ICD/CRT-D devices.

MyCareLink monitor on white background

Patient resources

Questions about your monitor:
Medtronic Stay Connected 
7 a.m.–7 p.m. CT

U.S. mail:
Medtronic Heart Rhythm Patient Services
Mail Stop MVC 31
8200 Coral Sea St. NE
Mounds View, MN 55112

MyCareLink Connect website:
for Medtronic implanted heart devices

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Landolina M, Perego GB, Lunati M, et al. Remote monitoring reduces healthcare use and improves quality of care in heart failure patients with implantable defibrillators: the evolution of management strategies of heart failure patients with implantable defibrillators (EVOLVO ) study. Circulation. June 19, 2012;125(24):2985-2992.


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Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.