Australian among first to have Wi-Fi cardiac checkups

The St Jude Medical [email protected] transmitter, approved for use in Australia in May, allows pacemakers, implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronisation therapy defibrillators to be monitored wirelessly over the internet.

Dawn Butler, 69, was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy four years ago and fitted with an ICD before moving to South Africa two years ago. 

She had previously opted to travel home annually to visit her cardiologist. Now the transmitter, placed next to her bed, sends information back each morning to Brisbane cardiac electrophysiologist, Dr Karen Phillips, of GenesisCare’s Heart Care Partners.

Ms Butler’s local Cape Town cardiologist and her Brisbane GP also receive copies of the reports.

Pacemakers and implanted cardiac defibrillators require regular checkups to ensure they were functioning properly as well as to monitor battery life and the treatment of different arrhythmias, Dr