New Gadget to Help Stroke Patients in Dorset
11:55am 12th February 2013
Stroke patients being treated by Dorset County Hospital can now been monitored more effectively.
The South West Stroke Research Network has given them two state of the art cardiac monitors costing £5,500.
They can be worn discretely by the patients as they go about their daily lives to record information about their heart rhythms which can help prevent them from suffering a stroke.
Clinical Stroke Lead Dr Harald Pröschel: "These devices will help improve the detection rate of atrial fibrillation (AF), which causes a fast and erratic heartbeat.
"With traditional monitors we can only monitor people for 24 to 48 hours at a time which doesn't necessarily pick up the cardiac rhythms we are looking for. These new devices can monitor a patient for up to 32 days and you can program them to find very specific heart rhythms.
"AF can cause severe, disabling strokes and we hope, through detecting the irregular heart rhythms, that we can prevent these from happening. There is also the added benefit that it will allow us to enter eligible patients into clinical trials."