Your doctor will check your pacemaker regularly to make sure that it is working correctly and that the settings are right for you. The process of checking your pacemaker settings is called interrogation.
The strength and length of the impulse sent to the heart muscle and how fast the pacemaker will go can be programmed into the pacemaker. Your doctor may adjust the pacemaker programming, if needed.
Your doctor will check your ICD regularly to make sure that it is working correctly and that the settings are right for you.
ICDs can store a lot of information that your doctor will look at. Your doctor will check to see if you had any irregular heart rhythms or if the ICD gave you any therapy (like a shock). If you have had a shock, your doctor will make sure that it was given at the right time and that it didn’t happen when you didn’t need it.
Monitoring at your doctor’s office
The doctor places a special programming tool directly on your chest (on top of your skin and clothes). The tool automatically sends back information.
Your doctor may check the skin around your implanted device to make sure that there are no signs of an infection.
Monitoring by telephone or through the Internet
In between checkups at your doctor’s office, you will probably send information from your cardiac device to your doctor. You will do this by using a telephone or the Internet. This is easier and costs less than going to the doctor’s office or clinic every time you need to have your device checked. To check your device, your doctor will give you a special transmitter to use. You connect this transmitter to a phone line in your house or through a Wireless Cellular adapter.