Traveling With an ICD

Hi!

I had a Medtronic ICD implanted in 2020. So far, when I travel, I've been packing the Carelink Monitor in the box it came in. The box is beginning to get banged up, and it's a bit bulky to travel with. I haven't been able to find a specificallt travel case for my Carelink monitor. Does anyone use any hard case for their Carelink monitor that they would recommend for travel?


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traveling with monitor

by new to pace.... - 2023-01-04 23:36:56

I was told unless i was going to be gone a month.  No need to take monitor with me.  Unless it is different with an ICD than a pacemaker.  

You can always check with your Dr. as to wether you need to take with you.

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by AgentX86 - 2023-01-05 00:09:53

new to pace is right.  Ask your doctor if it's really necessary to take with you.  For most of us, it's not but others need communications nightly.

For such a recent ICD, you might be able to get Medtronic's smartphone app.  The advantage is that it's "always" with you. It works well but requires a qualified phone.  Not all are.

I did have a problem recently where it wouldn't transmit, saying that it was already busy transmitting.  I had to re-install the app but that's like a Windows C-A-D (it's part of the deal).

Travelling with monitor

by islandgirl - 2023-01-05 08:23:46

Confirm with your ep you should travel with it.  
I have to travel with mine and I protect it with clothing and pack it in my suitcase. The box would be very bulky!
An app for your icd may not be available. 

Traveling With Monitor

by Marybird - 2023-01-05 08:41:54

We recently spent about 21/2 weeks out of our house as repairs of damage by hurricane Ian were made. We had to relocate a couple times due to availability ( or lack of same) of rental units on short notice during snowbird season here. I decided to leave my Merlin@Home ( St. Jude) home covered with a towel in its usual location at that time. I checked and saw that the monitor had made a routine quarterly transmission on December 9th, several days before we left the house. I figured the next transmission would be on or around March 9, 2023, so the monitor wouldn't miss me, and the routine "chatter" between my pacemaker and the monitor could catch up when I returned. 

As everyone else has indicated, an ICD may be different, and its best to check with one's doctor/ device clinic. 

 

 

 

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by Tracey_E - 2023-01-05 09:39:31

I've never traveled with my monitor. 

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