Bluetooth Enabled Pacemakers
- Dr Amitabh Yaduvanshi
- 20 March, 2021
With this new technology, you no longer have to go to the hospital to get your pacemaker checked. Your doctor can evaluate it remotely from any corner of the world.
All patients who have a Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device (CIED) implanted should get it regularly checked for appropriate functioning and battery life
But with the new Bluetooth enabled devices, all patient data can be securely transmitted via smart phone to the doctor's clinic/hospital. No additional gadget is required apart from a Bluetooth enabled phone. This enables greater mobility of the patient and the data can be transmitted even from remote areas provided cellular coverage is available. This is a boon for many of our patients who live in remote areas and find it difficult to visit the doctor at frequent intervals.
It is specially useful if the patient has some symptoms or the #pacemaker gives an alert, in which case the doctor can evaluate the device remotely and guide whether the patient requires any urgent medical attention. In patients who have an ICD implanted, any shock delivered to the patient can be studied and appropriate medical intervention can be taken.
Earlier #remotemonitoring systems required a separate monitoring station which needed to be within few meters of the device for it to transmit the data, this created a challenge when the patient has any symptom or event while not at home. But since the new #Bluetooth enabled devices communicate through the phone, which is ubiquitous in todays lifestyle, the device is always in range and patient can transmit from any place and any time.
These devices are marginally costlier then legacy devices but is the technology of future and would become more cost effective in long run.