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Author:
Mário Oliveira   m.martinsoliveira@gmail.com   Pedro Silva Cunha   Nogueira da Silva  


Journal:
Revista Portuguesa de Cardiologia (English Edition)


Issue Date:
2013


Abstract(summary):

With a widening of indications for cardiac devices, especially in view of the clinical benefits of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy, the number of patients with such devices is growing steadily. However, the resources required, and the need for long-term regular interrogation in dedicated clinics, represent a significant burden for already overstretched electrophysiology teams and hospital services. Remote telemonitoring is increasingly used for such follow-up, as it is a safe and effective alternative to conventional follow-up programs in outpatient clinics. This technology has been shown to be technically reliable, enabling early identification of device malfunction, arrhythmic events and heart failure decompensation, while reducing the risk of under-reporting, the number of outpatient clinic visits and hospitalizations due to cardiac events, and healthcare costs. Further studies are needed to determine how best to implement this new technology in a cost-effective manner, and what new legislation governing the use of remote monitoring in clinical practice may be required. In this article, we describe current systems, review the technical and clinical evidence in the literature regarding remote monitoring of implantable cardiac devices, and expand on outstanding questions.


Page:
185-190


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