Heart patients are embracing a variety of smartphone apps, which are proving easy to use, affordable and available without a prescription. Yet serious issues of data transmission and storage, confidentiality and reimbursement remain unresolved.
At one-tenth the size of their traditional counterparts, leadless pacemakers hold the promise of fewer infections, dislodgements and failures. U.S. studies are underway to put that promise to the test.
As more patients require extraction of pacemaker and ICD leads, the risks from this complex procedure mount. Multidisciplinary expertise is key to avoiding infection and managing catastrophic complications.