These tiny skin patches aren’t aimed squarely at a-fib, but they’re still important developments. That’s because a stick-on health patch developed by engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University could monitor EKG and EEG data. The patch is skin-thin and unobtrusive. It uses wireless data to send information back to a doctor’s computer in real time. The researchers did a side-by-side comparison with traditional EKG and EEG monitors and found the wireless patch performed equally to […]READ MORE
Archives for April 2014
New Biotronik Pacemaker Offers Event-Triggered IEGM Transmissions
There’s a new pacemaker, called the “Eluna” pacemaker. This pacemaker combines pacemaker technology with monitoring technologies to offer patients better care. With unique event-triggered IEGM transmissions, the new BIOTRONIK pacemaker series innovates advanced patient monitoring and allows physicians to receive an IEGM along with a notification if atrial fibrillation (AF) occurs. By notifying physicians of clinical events quickly and reliably, patient therapy can be adapted at the earliest stage possible, preventing the worsening of a patient’s condition and the occurrence […]READ MORE
How Much Atrial Fibrillation is Required for a Blood Clot to Form?
If you’ve got a-fib you’ve probably wondered just how serious the condition has to be before there’s a danger that blood clots will form and stroke will become an issue. This isn’t an exact science, but there are certainly some contributing factors that let doctors ascertain the risks. How long does atrial fibrillation have to last to cause a blood clot that can result in a stroke? The best answer is we don’t fully know. What we do know is […]READ MORE