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Prevalence of unknown and untreated arrhythmias in an older outpatient population screened by wireless long-term recording ECG
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Health.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Health.
Lund Univ, Dept Hlth Sci, Lund, Sweden..
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
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2016 (English)In: Clinical Interventions in Aging, ISSN 1176-9092, E-ISSN 1178-1998, Vol. 11, 1083-1090 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose: With longer life expectancies, the prevalence of arrhythmias is increasing; thus, there is a need for new methods to screen the older outpatient population. This population-based study describes the prevalence of arrhythmias in 200 outpatients aged. 66 years. We also investigated the feasibility of wireless long-term recording (LTR) using the ECG-BodyKom (R). Methods: Two hundred elderly persons aged 66-93 years were recruited from the Swedish National Study on Aging and Care in 2010-2013, and data were collected via wireless LTR ECG-BodyKom. Results: Screening with the LTR ECG revealed that persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) occurred in 10% of the outpatient population aged. 66 years. Paroxysmal AF occurred in 5.5% of the population, with no difference between younger (60-80 years) and older (>80 years) elderly participants. Furthermore, all patients with paroxysmal AF had a CHA(2)DS(2)VASc score of >= 2 and were therefore potential candidates for follow-up and medical examination. LTR ECG-BodyKom can be considered a feasible method to screen for arrhythmias in older outpatient populations. This simple method requires little of the user, and there was high satisfaction with the equipment and a good overall experience wearing it. Conclusion: The increasing occurrence of arrhythmias in the older population, as well as the high number of untreated cases of arrhythmias such as persistent AF and paroxysmal AF, poses a challenge for health care. Therefore, it is essential to develop effective strategies for their prevention and treatment.

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2016. Vol. 11, 1083-1090 p.
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arrhythmia, older people, prevalence, wireless long-term ECG
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Geriatrics Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-13061DOI: 10.2147/CIA.S110532ISI: 000381118600001PubMedID: 27570450OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-13061DiVA: diva2:1000577
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