Research project HASTENinGS

Detection of PAF in the community using a Personal Heart Rhythm Monitor (PHRM)

It is well established that an irregular heart rhythm, known as Atrial Fibrillation (AF), causes stroke. If AF is identified then medications to thin the blood, known as anticoagulants, can prevent stroke from occurring. We know however that many individuals with AF (at least half those affected) are not aware that they have this condition. In particular, 'Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation' (PAF), being intermittent, can be difficult to diagnose. Our research group are looking at different methods to diagnose PAF to initiate appropriate treatment and therefore prevent stroke. 

In this study we plan to recruit 900 people who are suspected to have PAF from the new HASTENinGS community Arrhythmia Clinic service. Willing participants, meeting a number of criteria, will use two different heart monitors to see which device is better at detecting PAF. The first monitor is worn continuously for a one week period (the image above). The second monitor, a 'Personal Heart Rhythm Monitor' will be used during the first week and for a further 11 weeks (the image below). It will be used intermittently, twice-daily for a 30 second period. When the study is complete we will compare the two devices to see how many cases of PAF they identify.

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It is thought likely that, using current methods to try and pick up PAF, we are failing to identify many 'at risk' individuals because we are not monitoring them for long enough.

If our research is shown to be successful, wider and more prolonged use of the PHRM could be used to screen large 'at risk' populations.

For more information about this research project  see our Overview document
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Cardiology Research Fellow working with The University of Surrey and The Royal Surrey County Hospital funded by HASTE.

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