Wireless remote monitoring of reconstructed 12-lead ECGs after ablation for atrial fibrillation using a hand-held device
Bojović, Boško P.
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Objective: Atrial fibrillation (AF) surveillance using a wireless handheld monitor capable of 12-lead electrocardiogram reconstruction was performed, and arrhythmia detection rate was compared with serial Holter monitoring. Methods: Twenty-five patients were monitored after an AF ablation procedure using the hand-held monitor for 2 months immediately after and then for 1 month approximately 6 months postablation. All patients underwent 12-lead 24-hour Holter monitoring at 1, 2, and 6 months postablation. Results: During months 1-2, 425 of 2942 hand-held monitor transmissions from 21 of 25 patients showed AF/atrial flutter (Afl). The frequency of detected arrhythmias decreased by month 6 to 85/1128 (P LT .01) in 15 of 23 patients. Hotter monitoring diagnosed AF/Afl in 8 of 25 and 7 of 23 patients at months 1-2 and month 6, respectively (P LT .01 compared with wireless hand-held monitor). Af/Afl diagnosis by wireless monitoring preceded Holler detection by an average of 24 days. Conclusi...ons: Wireless monitoring with 12-lead electrocardiogram reconstruction demonstrated reliable AF/Afl detection that was more sensitive than serial 12-lead 24-hour Holter monitoring. (C) 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.