WASHINGTON, May 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- If you don't have an integrated home-based remote monitoring plan, then the simple truth is "you're at risk" – and that risk could be life threatening. When pacemakers and defibrillators are working properly, these miracles of modern medical technology can prolong the life of patients with significant risk due to arrhythmia and related complications. But how do you know if it's functioning correctly? Relying on annual or semi-annual visits to your cardiologist just doesn't cut it. If your device isn't being remotely monitored from home between office visits, you could have a major issue go un-noticed for months at a time.
Nearly every device being implanted today is capable of remote data transmission. Many of them can communicate wirelessly, meaning the patient can essentially "set it and forget it". So why hasn't remote monitoring become the de-facto standard for implant patient follow-up? The primary reasons are that patients are uneducated as to the benefits of remote monitoring, and these services have not been made broadly available until now. Pacemakers and Cardiac Defibrillators are complex devices, capable of generating large amounts of data. The reality is that the typical cardiology practice is not adequately staffed or trained to keep up with the data and monitor it correctly. This is where Rhythm Management Group comes in. They provide a team of trained clinicians who remotely monitor your device around the clock, and provide the data to your doctor when anomalies occur.
The 2009 ALTITUDE trial demonstrated that home-based remote device monitoring led to a relative 50% increase in 1-year and 5-year survival rates. The TRUST trial confirmed that remote monitoring provided substantial early warning benefits compared to conventional in-office care. Any number of complications could arise between doctor visits: a new arrhythmia could occur, a lead could fracture, or other device malfunctions could occur. Home monitoring would enable you to detect and resolve these issues quickly, and avoid a potential hospitalization or life threatening complication from developing. If you have an implanted heart device and don't have home monitoring, ask your doctor when they will offer it. The time has come for the cardiology profession to acknowledge that the highest standard of patient care cannot be achieved without a solid home monitoring solution – a solution that Rhythm Management Group can provide for you today.
Rhythm Management can be contacted directly at:
Via Corporate phone (888) 948-7884 or website: www.myrhythmnow.com
SOURCE Rhythm Management Group