AliveCor has received CE mark clearance for its automated analysis process (algorithm) to detect atrial fibrillation. The new atrial fibrillation detector analyses each ECG recorded and automatically notifies the user if atrial fibrillation is detected in that ECG. The latest version of the AliveECG app for users in the United Kingdom and Ireland now provides patients with real-time atrial fibrillation detection in electrocardiogram (ECG) recordings using the AliveCor Heart Monitor.
“The new AF Detector, along with the tracking of medications and lifestyle factors will make it easier for me to identify and manage serious heart arrhythmias in my patients,” says Richard Bogle, consultant cardiologist, St Helier Hospital, Surrey, UK. “My patients will significantly benefit from being able to find out if they are having an atrial fibrillation episode and together it will allow us to determine which medications, habits and activities may be impacting their heart. With a more complete view of what is happening with my patients, even between appointments, we can make better decisions.”
Since June 2014, AliveCor has helped screen thousands of people for atrial fibrillation at local pharmacies in the UK and Ireland. Working with prominent pharmacies and government entities, in association with the Atrial Fibrillation Association AliveCor has developed a cost-effective community screening programme. Nearly a third of people who have atrial fibrillation are not yet diagnosed, elevating the importance of early detection through screening. With treatment, three out of four strokes related to atrial fibrillation can be prevented. The AliveCor Heart Monitor is compatible with all iOS and most Android OS mobile devices.