Cardiac device follow-up and monitoring

Doctors check, or monitor, cardiac devices on a regular basis to make sure that they are working right and aren't causing any problems. Doctors also check the battery to see if it needs to be replaced.

Your doctor can also get information about your heart rate and heart rhythm. Cardiac devices can keep a record of when you had an abnormal heart rate or an irregular heart rhythm. So these devices can help your doctor know how your heart is doing and if you need any changes in your treatment.

Monitoring is done at office visits and remotely. Remote monitoring is done by telephone or the Internet.

Providence Medical Group Heart Clinics provide appropriate follow-up and monitoring for patients who have undergone implantation of pacemakers or defibrillators.

Patients will benefit from Providence's expert services, which can include:

  • Routine clinic follow-up to assess device, lead, battery status and diagnostic information
  • Trans-telephonic device follow-up alternating with in-clinic visits
  • Quarterly patient education and information meetings as part of our longstanding support group
  • Resource for patient concerns and questions

Proprietary Health Article

Cardiac devices: When it's time to get the lead out

Thanks to new laser techniques, cardiac-device lead extraction carries a 98 percent success rate, with rare major adverse events. By S. Anthony Garvey, M.D., cardiologist and electrophysiologist, Providence St. Vincent Cardiac Device and Monitoring Clinic