About the size of a handheld stopwatch, the 37-cc Virtuoso typically is implanted in the area of the shoulder. Leads to the heart enable it to watch for a racing heartbeat.Wireless implantable defibrillators are now able to wake themselves and send RF-based data to a bedside monitor, across an analog phone line, and, finally, to an Internet server that can alert a physician. (Photo courtesy of Medtronic Inc.)Medtronic’s CareLink Monitor receives information from the defibrillator at prescheduled dates and times via a 402-MHz radio frequency link and then transmits that data without the patient needing to do anything.
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