AF detection in secondary care contexts

AF detection in secondary care contexts

The impact the NHS has made on preventing and treating cardiovascular disease over the last generation has been one of the best “good news” stories around. However, as more people survive into old age, we will now need to be just as good dealing with conditions which are more common in the elderly.

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is one such condition. The Department of Health, the NHS and NICE have all highlighted the increasing importance of detecting and treating atrial fibrillation. The presence of AF is associated with a 30% increase in the risk of stroke.

Cardionetics has recently been approached to work with acute stroke units and stroke rehabilitation units in the hunt for AF. We are excited at the prospect of using the C.Net5000 monitors in partnership with these units.

The unique ability of the C.Net5000 to analyse ECG signals in real time means that at the end of the monitoring period, a nurse or therapist can see on the monitor’s screen if AF has been detected or not. This approach has significant potential for rapid diagnosis of AF and could significantly reduce the time taken to decide the best treatment option for patients.

A further substantial benefit is that there is less need to request ambulatory ECGs from overburdened hospital cardiology departments, freeing up these resources for other clinical activity.

Targeted use of the C.Net5000 should therefore allow better and earlier detection of AF and save NHS resources – a real “win-win”.