By Nesli Williams, Sr. Manager of Marketing Communications, Ambulatory Cardiology & Digital Health at Cardiac Insight
Historically, atrial fibrillation (AFib) was most commonly diagnosed in older adults, with 70% of cases found in patients between ages 65 and 85.1 However, many of the associated lifestyle risk factors — such as obesity and hypertension — are increasing in prevalence. As a result, this once age-related disease now targets all populations. The largest nationwide population-based cohort study to date evaluated Korean AFib patients across all age groups, and found that AFib increased the risk of all-cause death nearly four times, with the highest standardized mortality ratio found in younger (< 20 years old) patients.2
These alarming statistics demonstrate the urgent need for a new approach to AFib treatment, as simply managing the disease is no longer enough to improve outcomes and reduce mortality rates.
By Abby Massey, Director, Clinical Services & Education
While ambulatory ECG monitoring has certainly improved since the introduction of the short-term Holter monitor, even recent innovations in prescription wearable technology face significant challenges that limit clinical performance and diagnostic accuracy, including: Read More »
By Abby Massey, Director, Clinical Services & Education
The number of atrial fibrillation (AFib) cases is expected to double, or even triple, by 2050 as the global population continues to age.1 To help mitigate the growing clinical burden, cardiology providers must implement innovations in the diagnostic process that accelerate the time to treatment.
SARS-CoV-2 most notably causes respiratory symptoms, but the virus can infect almost any organ in the body.1 With almost four years of data on the COVID-19 pandemic, physicians and researchers alike are closely monitoring how the disease progresses from short-term infections to long-term complications.
Director, Clinical Services & Education at Cardiac Insight
Protecting youth by identifying the heart conditions putting them at risk
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can occur without warning or prior indication of heart disease. The disrupted blood flow interferes with oxygen delivery to vital organs, which can quickly become fatal if the heart is not resuscitated.
SCA is the leading medical cause of death on school campuses and is especially common among student athletes.1 The CDC estimates that SCA is responsible for 2,000 deaths every year in patients under 25 years old.2
Clinical atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with increased rates of stroke, heart failure, mortality, hospitalization, and cognitive decline. For years oral anticoagulation and rate control have been the mainstays of treatment. But now, with the advent of new techniques, AF ablation has become a safe and effective method for maintaining sinus rhythm. The challenge for practitioners is to identify AF in their patients as soon as possible so that the proper management strategy can be implemented early in the course of the disease.
Vice President of Marketing & Business Development
A patient wearing Cardea SOLO
When doctors outsource for test results, the “wait” begins for the provider and staff, as well as for the anxious patient. In many cases, the delay to get the results back is measured in days, but some types of outsourced tests can often take weeks. One of the most notable testing delays in the industry occurs in outsourced electrocardiogram (ECG) testing. Ambulatory ECG testing is prescribed in order to rule out abnormal cardiac rhythms in symptomatic or high-risk patients. As longer duration, multi-day prescription ambulatory ECG test recordings are being increasingly prescribed versus traditional, cabled 1- or 2-day Holter ECG recorders, this shift has led to increased IDTF technical analysis outsourcing to handle large amounts of ECG data.
5 Ways Cardiac Insight is Expanding Access to AFib Diagnosis and Treatment
To find the right solution, you must first know a problem exists. During AFib (Atrial Fibrillation) Awareness Month this September, cardiologists, electrophysiologists, clinicians, and the wider cardiology community including Cardiac Insight are raising awareness and a collective voice to ensure the public understands the magnitude and seriousness of AFib.
AFib is the occurrence of a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that often leads to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and even death. The toll it takes on patients, their loved ones, and the healthcare system is extreme. AFib alone increases a person’s risk of stroke by 500 percent, yet most people are not even aware that it is a serious condition (Source: AHA). Far too often, it’s left undetected and untreated.
Dave Hadley, PhD, Senior VP of Research & Development
Driving accessibility and adoption of the next generation ECG technology
Waves, whether transmitted through bedrock or heart muscle, often forecast future events. But you must know how to listen and leverage the right technology. Analyzing waves to understand source characteristics has always fascinated me.
My career has its very early foundation in what’s under our feet, not beating in our chest. I started my career as a seismologist. The underlying physics associated with seismic waves are very similar to the electrical waves pulsing through cardiac muscle.
Patient-Focused Care and the Increasingly Mobile “Life” Health Record
The idea of “Continuity of Patient Care” is extending further past the four walls of the hospital, past the physician office or clinic, into the patient’s home and beyond. Patients can access advanced care and testing in a growing number of diverse settings, including freestanding urgent care, emergency rooms and more recently even in pharmacies. People are more mobile than ever. Our collective efforts should work towards ensuring our individual health record story is just as mobile, as well as accurate and complete. Simple, right? Maybe not so much, but it’s getting there.
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