A Canadian study has found that prolonged remote monitoring increased diagnosis of atrial fibrillation by a factor of five – results which may have profound consequences for people who could suffer an ischemic stroke.

The study found that by monitoring patients at home with a new chest electrode belt for 30 consecutive days, atrial fibrillation was detected in 16 percent of patients. The standard 24-hour monitoring found the arrhythmia in only 3 percent of patients. Detecting atrial fibrillation is a key factor in stroke prevention because it can be effectively treated with certain anti-clotting medications, which can cut the risk of clots and strokes by two-thirds or more.

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