Patient Followup Systems
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THE NEED for patient followup systems for pacemakers evolved out of the unpredictability of component failure, mechanical breakdown, and battery end of life associated with the early devices of the 60’s and 70’s. As reliability and predictability of the devices improved, the character of patient followup changed to involve patient diagnostic data as well as device monitoring. The genesis of ICD/patient followup has followed the same path but in a time span of only 5 years versus 15 years for pacemakers. The device reliability has improved such that the current generations of ICD followup systems are already more concerned with providing data regarding the condition of the patient than of the device.
KeywordsNone None Charge Time Battery Voltage Implantable Defibrillator Battery Condition
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