With this “new normal” that is going on, many doctors are thinking and employing new ways to monitor the condition of their patients while the patient is at the comfort of his or her home. In the field of cardiac electrophysiology, remote pacemaker and defibrillator monitoring have been utilized for many years. Today, cardiology has come a long way with technology and maximizing the ability to monitor a patient’s heart
Remote monitoring for cardiac devices works by sending information from the patients’ cardiac rhythm management devices implanted directly to the physician. Through this information, the physician will be able to evaluate the condition of the patient’s heart as well as the performance of the device without the patient’s physical presence in the clinic or hospital. Apart from this, the use of remote cardiac monitoring also proves to offer the following benefits:
- Daily Monitoring
Each day our physicians will monitor the patient’s heart through a portal. This maximizes doctor oversight of the patient’s heart. Before patients normally had to come in every three months.
- Fewer in-person visits are required
Going to the hospital or clinic for a checkup can be quite stressful to the patient especially now that there are a lot of precautions that you need to make in order to protect yourself from the coronavirus while you are outside. With remote cardiac monitoring devices, there will be lesser office or hospital visits and no line to fall in. In addition, it allows for one less trip for patients that already have.
- Greater than 66% reduction in hospitalization due to atrial arrhythmia and related stroke
Heart illness is one of the most chronic ailments and one of the leading causes of death in the US. With the use of remote cardiac monitoring devices, the doctor will have a real-time report of the condition of the patient; thus, doctors will be able to make timely responses and treatment should the need arise.
- Increases the rate of survival up to 2 times.
A study was conducted to determine the efficiency of the use of remote cardiac monitoring devices and shows that the probability of survival is higher up to 2.4 times compared to those who are under remote cardiac monitoring.
If you are suffering from arrhythmia or received an implantable cardiac device, talk to your doctor for the possibility of using remote cardiac monitoring and how it may help you.