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'Smart' Devices Help Reduce Adverse Outcomes of Common Heart Condition


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Tracking heart disease.

University of Liverpool researchers have found that mobile health devices can help screen for and detect atrial fibrillation.

Credit: University of Liverpool

Researchers at the University of Liverpool in the U.K. have found that mobile health (mHealth) devices can help screen for and detect atrial fibrillation (AF), a common heart condition causing an irregular, sometimes abnormally fast, heart rate.

The researchers examined how mHealth technologies worked in conjunction with a specially developed mobile app to monitor a person's vital signs with great accuracy, 24 hours a day.

The app charted the patient's biometrics, and gave healthcare professionals the ability to offer integrated care during the test.

The team found that strokes, systemic thromboembolisms, deaths, and re-hospitalizations were significantly lower among patients in the mHealth study group (1.9%), compared to those undergoing usual care (6%).

From University of Liverpool
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