The Pacemaker clinic has been providing follow-up care for patients with pacemakers since established in 1981. In recent years, there has been a rapid technological advance in pacemaker and defibrillator therapy. Current pacemakers and defibrillators have complex features to help the devices function more like the hearts normal conduction system.
The pacemaker industry will continue to grow due to our aging population, people living longer, and the expansion of clinical indications for pacemakers and defibrillators. Ongoing follow-up after pacemaker or defibrillator placement is crucial to maintaining optimal results from the device.
Twenty-five years ago, the majority of follow-up was done by telephone transmission. Today we utilize a combination of Tran telephonic monitoring, and direct evaluation of the pacemaker function, and an opportunity to detect any new symptoms or cardiovascular changes that might indicate pacemaker malfunction, a need for medication adjustment or a need to reprogram the device to achieve optimal function and increase quality of life.