Early atrial fibrillation identification 'possible with new device'

21 January 2013

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has backed the use of a new device that can successfully detect a heart condition.

Atrial fibrillation results in the heart developing an irregular and fats heart rate, which the new apparatus, known as WatchBP Home A, can detect.

Similar in design and function to a regular blood pressure monitor, it has the ability to measure the pulse of a patient.
Professor Carole Longson, director of the NICE Centre for Health Technology Evaluation, said that the device can offer advantages in detecting atrial fibrillation "opportunistically" while measuring blood pressure.

"This would allow preventative treatment to be considered to reduce the incidence of atrial fibrillation-related stroke," she expanded.

"The guidance is not about screening for atrial fibrillation, but about the benefits that the device offers in helping to pick up atrial fibrillation by chance in people with suspected high blood pressure or those being screened for high blood pressure, in primary care."

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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