Telemetered Data

As the society is moving towards a much more ambulatory approach of patient care, the idea of remote monitoring is very attractive. When applied to ICD therapy, supervision of both clinical and technical aspects becomes possible [4, 5]. Table 3.2 gives an indication of the possibilities. Diagnostic data such as the numbers of aborted and delivered ICD therapies are an indicator

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Figure 3.17. Marker calibrations in ELA Medical defibrillators.

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Figure 3.18. Example of monitored diagnostic data in a cardiac resynchronization device. In July 2005, a decrease in thoracic impedance is paralleled by an increase in the fluid index (Medtronic).

Table 3.2. Stored clinical and technical information in the device, with a potential for remote monitoring.

Possibilities of diagnostic and therapeutic information with Home Monitoring with actual arrhythmia devices

Clinical Information General

- Electrogram in actual rhythm

- Heart rate

- Heart rate variability

Pacing related

- Percentage atrial pacing

- Percentage AV synchrony

- Percentage ventricular pacing

- Number of mode switches

Tachyarrhythmia related

- Number of AT episodes

- Number of AF episodes

- Number of VT episodes

- Number of VF episodes

- Number of nonsustained episodes

- Number of delivered ICD therapies

- Number of aborted ICD therapies

- Electrogram of arrhythmia

Sensor related

- Motion

- Respiration

- Impedance

- Pressure

Technical Information Battery status and voltage

Shock impedance P- and R-wave amplitudes Autocapture thresholds Impedance of pace/sense leads of the total incidence of tachyarrhythmias. Frequently recurring episodes of ventricular tachyarrhythmias in patients may indicate increasing instability and progression of cardiac disease.


In Chapter 6 we will present a series of examples of electrograms which were obtained with a variety of devices. In some cases, ancillary diagnostic data provided the information for the definite arrhythmia diagnosis. The more information that was present, the less necessary additional surface ECGs became.


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