Transtelephonic monitoring is useful for two types of patients:
- Pacemaker / ICD Patients. The TTM can be used by patients with a cardiac pacemaker or internal cardioverter defibrillato to perform regular check-ups over the phone. This allows the doctor to monitor the patient’s heart activity remotely and at the patient’s convenience.
- Patients with infrequently-occurring arrhythmias. Patients who experience symptoms of arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat) which occur too infrequently to be picked up by a standard echocardiogram (EKG) or other type of ambulatory monitor may be advised to use a transtelephonic monitor. The TTM is given to the patient for a long period of time (typically one month), and the patient activates the device when symptoms are occurring. Symptoms of arrhythmia may include dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath or heart palpitations.
A transtelephonic monitor is a small electronic device used to record a patient’s heart rhythm. Unlike other ambulatory monitors, the transtelephonic monitor (TTM) does not continuously record the heart rhythm over a short period of time. Instead, it is given to the patient for an extended period of time (weeks to months) and activated by the patient at the push of a button. The data from the TTM is then transmitted to our office.