A study to assess a novel automated electrocardiogram technology in screening for atrial fibrillation. / Sabar, Muhammad I; Ara, Farhana; Henderson, Alice; Ahmed, Omar; Potter, Christina; John, Isaac; Mitchell, Andrew R J; Yáñez-Muñoz, Rafael J; Kaba, Riyaz A.

In: Pacing and clinical electrophysiology : PACE, 03.09.2019, p. 1-7.

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INTRODUCTION: Atrial fibrillation is often asymptomatic and un-diagnosed in the community resulting in an increased risk of heart failure and stroke to those patients. We evaluated the effectiveness, tolerability, and accuracy of a novel six-channel electrocardiogram digital-health screening device, the RhythmPad, for the detection of atrial fibrillation.

METHODS: Seven hundred and fifty-two participants attending the cardiology department were recruited. Two recordings were taken-a six-lead electrocardiogram using the RhythmPad device and a standard 12-lead electrocardiogram. Recorded traces were analyzed by two blinded cardiologists. The computer-generated automated diagnostic reports from both systems were also compared. Post-participation feedback was obtained from study participants using a three-part questionnaire.

RESULTS: The sensitivity of the six-lead electrocardiogram compared to the 12-lead electrocardiogram, analyzed by two blinded cardiologists, for the detection of normal sinus rhythm was 95.9%, with a specificity of 97.2%. The sensitivity for the detection of atrial fibrillation using the six-lead ECG was 93.4%, with specificity 96.8%. The six-lead automated diagnostic report had a sensitivity and specificity of 97.5% and 98.6%, respectively, for correctly diagnosing normal sinus rhythm. For the correct diagnosis of atrial fibrillation, the six-lead automated diagnostic report had a sensitivity and specificity of 95.4% and 98.8%, respectively. A total of 95.4% of participants found RhythmPad to be comfortable, with only 0.5% preferring the 12-lead ECG device in comparison to six-lead ECG acquisitions.

CONCLUSION: The RhythmPad digital health device and its automated diagnostic report were highly accurate in detecting atrial fibrillation when compared to a standard 12-lead electrocardiogram.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalPacing and clinical electrophysiology : PACE
Early online date3 Sep 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Sep 2019
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