Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart rhythm disorder. AF is one of the major causes of stroke, heart failure, sudden death and cardiovascular morbidity, and is associated with poor quality of life and averse symptoms. However, not every patient with AF has symptoms. In many patients, AF progresses from short, infrequent episodes to longer and more frequent attacks. Over time, many patients will develop sustained forms of AF.
The diagnosis of AF normally requires rhythm documentation using an electrocardiogram (ECG) showing the typical pattern of AF. This is mostly performed by a holter monitor. A holter uses electrodes and a recording device to track your heart’s rhythm for 24 to 72 hours. This research is unpleasant for the patient as the user for instance can’t take a shower. The undesirable patient experience is one of the reasons for the relatively short measuring durations, which results in potentially missing episodes.
The CardioWatch Bracelet is very comfortable to wear. While the user wears the bracelet, the data is sent to a phone, cloud or to the hospitals IT system.
The encrypted data will be forwarded to a CE Certified algorithm and will generate a report on the user’s heart rhythm.
The activity and heart rate monitor of Corsano CardioWatch consists of an accelerometer and a photoplethysmogram (PPG) sensor. The PPG sensor consists of an LED and a photodiode and measures fluctuations in the light reflected from the arteries and arterioles in the subcutaneous tissue. From the light fluctuations measured the actual heart rate and potential cardiac arrhythmias can be detected. In addition to the PPG sensor the accelerometer provides data on the activity level of the wearer of the bracelet.
Information on improving health
When diagnosed with AF, the main goals of treatment are to prevent circulatory instability and stroke. Regular exercise improves atrial fibrillation symptoms and AF-related quality of life. In the following image several treatment plans with their desired outcome are outlined.
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