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a heart health imageFebruary 15 2018

A device the size of a credit card that can be used to diagnose atrial fibrillation is to be distributed across the NHS.

The KardiaMobile device can detect atrial fibrillation (AF) in 30 seconds with its compatible smartphone/tablet app. It records the electrical activity of the heart through a person’s fingertips, and the connected app delivers an electrocardiogram (ECG) reading. The app allows heart rhythm recordings to be viewed, saved and shared with healthcare professionals allowing for faster detection and diagnosis of AF.

As part of an NHS England-funded project, roll out of the device has now started, via the country’s Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), to GPs, hospitals and other healthcare settings.

Manufacturer AliveCor has estimated that the device could save the NHS £2 billion by reducing the costs associated with an AF diagnosis. “This does not even take into account the longer-term benefits and financial savings of potentially preventing severe and costly AF-related strokes,” it said.

Trudie Lobban, Founder and CEO at Arrhythmia Alliance and the AF Association, commented: “Introducing this innovative technology to GP surgeries and hospitals gives healthcare professionals a quick and simple way of recording an ECG without the need to send a patient to hospital. Due to the size of KardiaMobile patients can even take the device away from a consultation. Patients can record their heart’s electrical activity whenever.

“The device can be used at any time, regardless of whether they show signs of symptoms or not. This ultimately means AF can be diagnosed faster, anticoagulation therapy can be prescribed to reduce the risk of an AF-related stroke and treatment for AF can be accelerated.”

Professor Gary Ford, Stroke Physician and lead on the project for the AHSNs, added: “More than 420,000 people throughout England are unaware they have irregular heartbeats and of the dangers that this can pose to their health. We have highly effective treatments that can prevent these strokes, but early detection is key. Using cost-effective technology, the NHS will now be able to identify people with irregular heartbeats quickly and easily. This will save lives.”

Links:
AliveCor          
Arrhythmia Alliance     

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