Wrist-worn devices are shown to be cost-effective for screening of atrial fibrillation – MGH

  • A study simulating a population of 30 million people 65 and older found that wrist-wearable devices are more cost-effective than traditional electrocardiograms and pulse palpation for atrial fibrillation (AF) screening, and that they are associated with a reduction in stroke incidence
  • Researchers believe their findings could provide a rationale for integrating wrist-worn wearables into AF screening programs for populations beginning at age 50, which is well below the typically recommended age of 65

Screening individuals for atrial fibrillation (AF) using wearable devices is more cost-effective than screening using conventional methods such as 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) and pulse palpation, or than no screening at all, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have found.

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In a study in JAMA Health Forum, the team reported that use of contemporary wrist-worn wearables was also associated with a reduction in stroke incidence and could help to detect less frequent AF episodes through its ability to monitor for potentially irregular heart rhythm on a near-continuous basis.

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2 responses to “Wrist-worn devices are shown to be cost-effective for screening of atrial fibrillation – MGH

  1. That would be a very art watch!

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