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Remote Monitoring for your ICD?

Remote Monitoring for your ICD?

After having an ICD ( Implantable cardioverter defibrillator) fitted at Harefield in March 2018 I was given a Medtronic "My CareLink" Remote Monitor and told to plug it into a socket as near to my bed as possible, as soon as I arrived home. So it is now plugged into the socket by my bedside table.

This amazing device can monitor my heart from the hospital which is approximately 28 miles away from my home. Most of the time it appears to be doing nothing, the screen only lights up to let me know that it is working.

For a man in his 70's it all seems like 'magic'. The aerial in the ICD transmits data via the monitor back to the hospital so that when I attend an appointment at the Pacing Clinic or see a Cardiologist they have an overview of what my heart has been doing.

Are all ICD patients prescribed a remote monitor or is this a new thing? It is not plugged into a landline socket (some older versions required a landline) perhaps it works like GPS, either way I am grateful for it and to the people who designed and made it.

Would welcome your experience with a remote monitor if you have one.

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I too have this machine. I have not had a defibrillator fitted, but a reveal device to monitor what causes my arythma. Like you I am in awe of how it works. Very clever.

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Thanks for your response to my post.

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Hi Malcky, welcome to the Medtronic club! I too had a Medtronic device implanted at Harefield, in June 2014, 22 days before my 70th birthday. What a great present that was, a true life-saver. Like you, I was given the remote reader after my first check-up, but not every hospital issues them automatically. I subscribe to a Facebook group, ICD support-UK, where it is apparent that different regions have varying systems of support. I have been a member of that group since my implantation, and it is a very welcoming and supportive group.

My remote device sits on my bedside cabinet, next to my CPAP machine, and therein lies a problem. Harefield can never get a remote reading, I always have to do it manually. Think the problem is having a machine with a pump next to the reader. I did query with the pacemaker clinic the last time I was there, but nobody could give me a definite answer, suggested I contact Medtronic direct.

I wish you good health on your ICD journey, and hope you never have the need for it to fire off, although if it does, it’s saving your life!

Best wishes

Rod

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Hi Rod, thanks for your response. I have my remote monitor plugged into a socket as near to the bedroom window as possible. I live in an area where even our mobile phones can vary in signal strength so it helps the monitor transmissions to keep it in as clear a place as possible. All the Best, Malcolm (Malcky)

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Hi Malcky,

I have a ILR fitted (Internal loop recorder) which is made by the same company Medtronic.

Its the step before having an ICD fitted.

I had it fitted at Papworth under local and was out in a couple of hours. It can be sore at times, but I don't realise its there most of the time.

All the best David.

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Fabulous machine - my daughter has had one for 2 years from the Children's hospital. She doesn't have a pacemaker or ICD as yet. But does have LQT syndrome, it sends a reading every morning to the hospital. If anything shows up in the morning, the hospital contacts us. This only happened a couple of times, but now medication is all under control (fingers crossed) the hospital just see us in a pacing clinic and clear any old recordings and off we go again. We always check it has been sent each morning by pressing button to show todays date. We had problems originally but that was because it wasn't plugged in close enough. Good luck 🍀

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My remote monitor is a little different from yours although they both serve the same purpose. The difference in device could be because of where we are located. I too have an ICD mine was implanted in January 2016 a few months before my 53rd birthday due to Brugada syndrome. My device is by Boston Scientific not MedTronic but it works the same as yours. The hospital had to call me on a couple of occasions when they were not picking up a reading. It has been great! I have not had an episode nor has my ICD fired off since surgery. All the best to you!

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My son has just handed his machine back after 6 weeks, However if he hadn’t had the remote link with hospital then he would have been going about with it not working and an infection. Got call asking if son was unconscious. He wasn’t. Turned out he needed emergency operation to remove the device. Without the hospital link who knows how long this would have gone undetected. Great technology and grateful for six weeks accurate data rather than nothing.

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I hope that your son is now recovering after his emergency operation.

Best wishes.

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