New Heart Rhythm Society Guidelines Endorse Remote Monitoring

Patients with implanted heart devices need closer follow-up care than they are currently getting, experts on a panel at the Heart Rhythm Society meeting said yesterday. They have written the first guidelines on this matter, reports the Associated Press. More than 2 million patients worldwide have implantable devices that help their hearts beat faster, slower, or more regularly.

May 15, 2008

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New Heart Rhythm Society Guidelines Endorse Remote Monitoring

The guidelines include advice on when to turn a device off and let a patient die, and how to make sure that more complex devices are maintained. They also endorse remote monitoring. The Cleveland Clinic produced data to support the latter position. It found that over five years, 5,000 of its patients moved to remote monitoring, but the burden on hospital personnel was minimal.

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