Wearable Heart Monitors Useful for Undetected Atrial Fibrillation

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As per a new study, patients of vascular diseases if wore heart monitor at home would help doctors diagnose undetected atrial fibrillation than is often missed with routine monitoring. The study involved outfitting patients with electrocardiogram patches to observe how it would affect the detection and treatment of atrial fibrillation. As revealed by the study, atrial fibrillation is detected more frequently in patients who wore electrocardiogram patches than other patients who were not continually monitored. Due to this, patients with frequent atrial fibrillation started taking anticoagulants more often.

Thus, providers who carry out occasional testing with automated blood pressure cuffs often miss out on atrial fibrillation. Some other studies involved using at-home wearables to detect irregular heart rhythms. In one such study, Apple watch was paired with a machine-learning algorithm could be accurately detect irregular heartbeats.

One thing common in both the studies was at-home sensors could detect problems that would otherwise may not have been spotted.

Integration of Continual Monitoring in Business Models of Caregivers a Question

This brings us to the question how does continual monitoring fit into the business model of health givers. For its viability, insurers would play a key role as the biggest concern would be reimbursement. This also poses of clinical questions.

Nevertheless, information provided by ECG led to greater use of healthcare resources, such as use of anticoagulants and visits with cardiologists. This is part of the process because new data revealed by ECG sometimes pushed providers to drive patients towards medication and testing. While some other times, the new data pushed providers to order visits and tests that would be unnecessary.

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