Société Française de Cardiologie
Type de publication
Revue ACVD
SFC - Article du mois ACVD 11/2021

Archives of CardioVascular Diseases - Article du mois : Novembre 2021

Sylvain Ploux, Marc Strik, Niraj Varma, Romain Eschalier, Pierre Bordachar

Contenu de la publication


Exactly two decades have elapsed since pacemakers first provided automatic remote monitoring. This innovation has been well received by patients. However, there is still a widely held perception that remote monitoring of pacemakers is non-essential, despite the very similar gains that are achieved compared with remote monitoring of implantable cardioverter defibrillators. Reducing in-office evaluations and overall staff workload is important when these resources are stretched to their limits.

The early detection ability provided by remote monitoring facilitates device management (extending battery longevity) and the ability to exercise vigilance over recalled components. Clinical complications, such as arrhythmic events, are also detected earlier. Remote monitoring has been shown to produce similar reductions in the risk of all-cause hospitalization and death for pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators in a mega-cohort observational study.

This review is an evidence-based plea for the recognition and systematic implementation of remote monitoring for pacemakers.


Pacemaker, Remote monitoring, Telemedicine


  • AF: atrial fibrillation
  • CI: confidence interval
  • CIED: cardiac implantable electronic device
  • HR: hazard ratio
  • ICD: implantable cardioverter defibrillator
  • RM: remote monitoring

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