Advances in technology let your care team see the results from your pacemaker without you having to come into the clinic. After your procedure, you may be given a small machine to take home with you. This machine is called a remote monitor, and it will be powered through an electrical outlet or with batteries. Your remote monitor is used to transmit information from your device while you’re at home.
Some pacemakers are able to communicate with your remote monitor through wireless Bluetooth technology. Pairing your monitor with your ICD can be done with your care team before you go home or by following the directions that come with your monitor. Once you’ve paired your pacemaker with your monitor, it will communicate with your device when you’re within a few feet of the monitor. This usually happens overnight, so many people place the monitor next to where they sleep.
Some pacemakers do not use Bluetooth technology, in which case you’ll have to send transmissions manually to your care team. You can talk with your care team about how often you should send transmissions.