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Screening for atrial fibrillation in the community using a novel ECG recorder


Abstract Aims. MyDiagnostick (MDK) is a novel portable ECG recorder. We conducted this study to evaluate its role in screening for atrial fibrillation (AF). Methods. The device is a cylindrical rod with metallic electrodes at both ends recording electrocardiogram (ECG) when both electrodes are held. Individuals were requested to hold the device for approximately 15 s, the device was then connected to a laptop (with proprietary software downloaded) and analysed. Anonymised ECGs were stored for further analysis. A total of 855 ECGs were recorded and analysed offline by two arrhythmia specialists assessing ECG quality, in particular the level of noise. A noise score (NS) was devised regarding ECG quality. Results. Seven individuals were found with unknown AF (0,8%). In general ECG quality was good and rhythm diagnosis was certain with total interobserver agreement. Conclusion. The provided a rapid and accurate rhythm analysis and has potential implications in preventing ischaemic cardio-embolic stroke.

Credits: Irma Battipaglia, MD; Katrina Gilbert, BSc; Andrew Hogarth, MD PhD; Muzahir Tayebjee, MD.



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