Pacemaker Home monitoring
I promised to do a post on this subject. Some members have expressed a wish to know how many of us receive pacemaker home monitoring and the frequency? I see Tracey_E has kindly set up a Poll for all pacemaker/ICD members. You will need to log on to see the Poll and to cast your vote.
I am in the UK. I have home monitoring but my husband does not. I therefore took the opportunity today of asking the cardiac technician during my husband’s pacemaker check, what the policy was for home monitoring at his hospital. She said King’s College Hospital only provides a home monitoring service for defibrillator patients, not for pacemaker patients, although they could clearly see benefits for elderly, frail patients with pacemakers who found it difficult to attend hospital for their annual checks.
It seems some of my local hospitals have supported giving out monitoring devices during Covid lock down to vulnerable elderly patients who were encouraged to stay away from hospitals. I hope this practice continues.
The technician confirmed that should my husband become physically unable to travel to hospital for his annual checks, he would receive home monitoring, but for the moment they wanted to continue to see him in clinic. I will discuss this further when we see his cardiologist since with his right sided heart failure, I would feel safer if he had home monitoring to pick up early problems, to guide treatment and to help automatically record and flag up any adverse events or warnings. We would also be able to make automatic downloads when he felt unwell.
I appreciate Pacemaker Club members live in different parts of the world where home monitoring practices will differ. My question for members with pacemakers only (not those with ICDs since I am assuming you have home monitoring?) is would it concern you if you only had one annual in person check at your clinic and no other form of regular monitoring of your pacemaker? If so, what would be your main concern? Thank you.
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You run like the bionic man.
I've seen many posts about people being concerned about exercise after having a device so thought I would let you know that yesterday I raced my first marathon since having my pacemaker fitted in fall 2004.