Handheld ECG Might Help to Diagnose Atrial Fibrillation in Elderly Patients
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a leading cause of stroke. Oral anticoagulation is effective for preventing strokes in patients with AF. However, AF may be asymptomatic and first diagnosed at the time of stroke. Screening may enable earlier diagnosis of AF and implementation of oral anticoagulation to prevent strokes.
In a recent study, researchers have reported that the use of handheld single-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) did not increase diagnoses of AF overall in patients aged 65 and older. The study findings were published in the journal Circulation on March 02, 2022.
Dr. Nandita Mohan
BDS, MDS( Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry)