Heart Beat: May 2013

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Older Patients With Implantable Cardiac devices may like the convenience of remote monitoring of the wireless devices by their physicians, but a new study found that most patients prefer to have in-person consultations with their doctors. The study, published in the journal Telemedicine and e-Health, reported that 53 percent of patients with pacemakers, defibrillators and other implanted, wireless devices that regulate or measure heart rhythm said they would rather have in-office follow-ups with their doctors. Only 27 percent expressed a preference for the remote monitoring. Interestingly, the majority of device patients in the study said it was easy or even very easy to use the wireless technology.
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