What is remote monitoring?
Home based monitoring is a newer, more comprehensive way to monitor implanted pacemakers and defibrillators that is done from the comfort of your own home. In most cases once the monitor is properly installed you will not have to worry about it. The remote monitor will turn on automatically at a set time daily and briefly check the hardware in your device. If a significant fast heart rhythm develops or a device malfunction is detected, your physician will be sent an immediate alert. If you have no significant heart rhythm disturbances Rhythm Management Group will provide your physician with necessary information on a pre-set schedule.
What is trans-telephonic monitoring (TTM)?
Trans-telephonic monitoring is a convenient way to monitor implanted pacemakers via your home telephone. TTM is best suited for older pacemakers which cannot be monitored using other remote monitoring equipment. Being managed by TTM does require the use of simple equipment at home which will be provided at no additional charge to you.
Once I am enrolled with Rhythm Management Group how can I contact someone?
You may call our office during regular business hours at 888-948-7884, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax us at 888-528-5490. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest hospital.
What is an implanted pacemaker?
A pacemaker is a small device implanted under the skin on the right or left side of the chest just under the collarbone. Pacemakers are used to treat slow heart rhythms called bradycardia. Once a pacemaker is implanted it will continuously monitor the heart to detect and painlessly correct slow heart rhythms. The pacemaker system includes one or two small ‘leads’ threaded into the heart. The leads are flexible, thin, insulated wires which relay information about each heart beat back to the pacemaker. The leads also send painless electrical impulses from the pacemaker to the heart. Pacemakers are programmable and should be checked frequently by your cardiologist or their team. Most pacemakers can be safely and effectively monitored from your home.
What is an Arrhythmia?
A problem with any part of the heart’s normal electrical system can cause an arrhythmia. A heartbeat that is too slow is called bradycardia, and a heartbeat that is too fast is called tachycardia. Many arrhythmias are harmless, but some can be very serious. If arrhythmias develop in the bottom part of the heart, called the ventricle, the heart will be unable to pump blood effectively. Fast ventricular arrhythmias that are left untreated can cause death within minutes (Sudden Cardiac Death). To prevent SCD the arrhythmia must be treated quickly with an electrical shock. If you are at risk for developing SCD your physician may speak with you about the benefits of an implanted defibrillator.
What is an implanted defibrillator?
Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators, or ICD’s, are implanted under the skin on the right or left chest wall. ICD’s are used to treat the most dangerous arrhythmia’s: fast, unorganized heart rhythms which can be fatal. In the event a fast heart rhythm is detected; the ICD will use ‘painless’ electrical impulses or a jolt of electricity to correct the arrhythmia and return the heart to a normal rhythm. All defibrillators can treat slow heart rhythms with the use of a pacemaker embedded within the ICD. Your defibrillator may also include Bi-ventricular pacing support to help treat symptoms of congestive heart failure. ICD’s are programmable and require frequent follow up by your physician. Most can be monitored safely and effectively from your home.