BIOTRONIK pacemaker monitoring
Your pacemaker is continuously monitoring its own function and analysing your heart rhythm. Information about the lead(s) and battery function is continuously recorded. This data is stored in your pacemakers memory. At routine clinic visits this information is retrieved from the pacemaker to guide decisions about your ongoing management. Generally this occurs every 6-12 months.
A home monitor allows much more frequent analysis of your heart rhythm and pacemaker function. The daily monitoring allows your doctor to respond to any abnormalities detected by the device that warrant early medical action in a very prompt manner.
It is very important to note that remote monitoring is not an emergency service. It will notify us of pacemaker issues but is not a continuous 24 hour a day monitoring or alarm service. In an emergency you must seek the appropriate medical care.
How does it work?
- The pacemaker records data continuously
- Once a day (usually at 3am) the pacemaker transmits the data to the monitor via wireless technology
- The data is then sent from the monitor to a secure website
- The website is reviewed at least twice a day by a pacemaker technologist
- Any abnormalities are reported to your doctor
Do I leave the monitor on all the time?
Yes, the monitor needs to be on all the time so that daily checks of your device can be performed. A green light indicates the monitor is on (or OK on Cardiomessenger Smart model).
What happens if my home loses power?
When the power returns to your home the monitor will turn itself back on.
What problems can the home monitor detect?
Pacemakers: Lead issues, abnormal heart rhythms, battery depletion
How does RRM know my device has reported a problem?
If a device reports a problem an alert is sent to a staff member at RRM via an email and a text message to their phone. The websites are also reviewed every day and every night to ensure no alert has gone undetected.
What happens when I am away from home for an extended period?
We suggest taking the monitor with you if you plan to be away for more than one month. Biotronik devices may work in other countries. RRM will attempt to contact you if there has been no communication with your pacemaker for 30 days
The annual fee for monitoring your pacemaker also includes the Remote Monitoring device.
For further information regarding your device please contact Nicholas Youngs on 0412 326 149.