Wearable May Help Spot Afib, but Doctors Still Required Wearable May Help Spot Afib, but Doctors Still Required

A smartwatch band with integrated electrodes to produce an electrocardiogram (ECG) might be able to help detect atrial fibrillation, but not as well as a traditional ECG machine used in a hospital, a recent study suggests.Reuters Health Information
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The health tracking market is booming. What with smart bracelets, smart beds and smart chest straps, the tracking industry has penetrated the lives of old and young from the time they wake up in the morning to the time they hit the bed at night (and beyond). It’s no wonder that user penetration is projected to reach 25% of the adult population by 2022 in the US alone and that these devices are being adopted by over 30% of individuals across all age groups. Naturally, I count among those adopters. I call myself a data geek, using the data accumulated from myriads of health trackers to help me make more informed hea...
Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers digital health digital technology health data digital health sensors Source Type: blogs
Conclusions: AUD patients with excessive alcohol use had a higher risk of arrhythmia and sudden death compared to the control group. Consideration of ECG and referral to cardiologic examinations would contribute to the follow-up and health of patients with AUD. PMID: 32065846 [PubMed - in process]
Source: The Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders - Category: Primary Care Tags: Prim Care Companion CNS Disord Source Type: research
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Its prevalence is increasing with the aging of the population and there is a clear need for more reliable diagnosis and improved therapy. Current therapeutic approaches for AF have only moderate efficacy, substantial side effects and eminent limitations due to the complex treatment of concomitant thromboembolism, cardiac ischemia and heart failure [1,2]. Sex-related differences in the prevalence, presentation, associated co-morbidities and therapy outcomes further complicate the management of this important clinical condition [3].
Source: International Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Editorial Source Type: research
Background and Aim: Rapid and sensitive detection of atrial fibrillation (AF) is of paramount importance for initiation of adequate preventive therapy after stroke. Stroke Unit care includes continuous electrocardiogram monitoring (CEM) but the optimal exploitation of the recorded ECG traces is controversial. In this retrospective single-center study, we investigated whether an automated analysis of continuous electrocardiogram monitoring (ACEM), based on a software algorithm, accelerates the detection of AF in patients admitted to our Stroke Unit compared to the routine CEM.
Source: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases - Category: Neurology Authors: Source Type: research
iacute;n Garcia-Haro Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death around the world. As a result, low-cost biomedical sensors have been gaining importance in business and research over the last few decades. Their main benefits include their small size, light weight, portability and low power consumption. Despite these advantages, they are not generally used for clinical monitoring mainly because of their low accuracy in data acquisition. In this emerging technological context, this paper contributes by discussing a methodology to help practitioners build a prototype framework based on a low-cost commercial...
Source: Sensors - Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
Abstract BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with high recurrence rates and poor health-related quality of life (HRQOL) but few effective interventions to improve HRQOL exist. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine the impact of the "iPhone Helping Evaluate Atrial Fibrillation Rhythm through Technology" (iHEART) intervention on HRQOL in patients with AF. METHODS: We randomized English- and Spanish-speaking adult patients with AF to receive either the iHEART intervention or usual care for 6 months. The iHEART intervention used smartphone-based electrocardiogram monitoring...
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research
This study aimed to clarify whether the DF of surface ECG in patients with persistent AF could predict arrhythmia recurrence after catheter ablation. We investigated 125 patients with persistent AF who underwent catheter ablation between January 2009 and December 2016. Thirty-four patients (27%) had arrhythmia recurrence after catheter ablation. These patients showed a significantly high DF value in leads aVL (7.2  ± 0.7 Hz vs 6.6 ± 0.9 Hz,p 
Source: Heart and Vessels - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
We report a case of a 35 weeks pregnant woman who presented in emergency with sudden-onset palpitations and mild shortness of breath with no personal/family history of cardiac diseases. Diagnoses: Patient's pulse was irregularly irregular with an average rate of 179 beats per minute. The obstetric examination was normal. Diagnosis: High-sensitive cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) was elevated. The 12 lead electrocardiogram (ECG) confirmed AF. The obstetric ultrasound, electronic fetal heart rate (EFHR) trace, and maternal echocardiography were normal. Interventions: The patient was admitted under joint cardiology and o...
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Clinical Case Report Source Type: research
Jezewski Leski Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a serious heart arrhythmia leading to a significant increase of the risk for occurrence of ischemic stroke. Clinically, the AF episode is recognized in an electrocardiogram. However, detection of asymptomatic AF, which requires a long-term monitoring, is more efficient when based on irregularity of beat-to-beat intervals estimated by the heart rate (HR) features. Automated classification of heartbeats into AF and non-AF by means of the Lagrangian Support Vector Machine has been proposed. The classifier input vector consisted of sixteen features, including four coefficien...
Source: Sensors - Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
Abstract BACKGROUND: Recent publications suggest that left atrial (LA) myopathy is a potential source of thromboembolism, independent of atrial fibrillation. AIMS: We sought to investigate whether the presence of atrial premature activity after an ischaemic stroke is associated with LA remodelling and dysfunction, and might be a surrogate marker of LA myopathy. METHODS: After an ischaemic stroke or a transient ischaemic attack, patients without known atrial fibrillation or overt heart disease were included prospectively in the study. All patients had a standard workup, including ambulatory Holter electro...
Source: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Arch Cardiovasc Dis Source Type: research
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