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Martha Jefferson Monday: Monitoring of Heart Devices

Heart monitoring devices. Heart monitoring devices.

If you have a defibrillator, or a device that helps to slow down a racing heart, there's a new way for doctors to check your device from the comfort of your home.

"You would hook up a monitor next to your bedside and that would do checks in the night while you're sleeping," said Becky Hancock, device clinic supervisor. "The monitor transmits data to us and it's available in the morning for us to check."

Hancock works in the device clinic at Martha Jefferson. She sees patients who use a defibrillator to help control the rate of their heart beat and she's excited about this new way of monitoring patients that's now available, as it saves them a trip into the clinic and provides more continual monitoring.

To be able to use the new technology all you need is a phone line or a cell phone with an adaptor. You will be given a monitor to plug in and keep on your nightstand.

"The device will do a self check and then if it sees anything out of range, it will populate that data to us," said Hancock.

If problems are detected, like a super fast heart beat, or if there are any issues with the defibrillator itself, an alert is sent to the device clinic and allows the problem to be addressed more quickly than in the past.

"The sooner we can get that information to the physician, the better," said Hancock.

Currently, two-thirds of Martha Jefferson's defibrillator patients are using the technology, and while it is a change, most patients feel the more monitoring that's taking place, the better.

It's important to remember that the monitor does not detect emergencies. If you experience any symptoms, or should call your doctor, or 911.

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