Patient organisation comments
Representatives from 3 patient organisations, Syncope Trust And Reflex anoxic Seizures (STARS), AF Association, and Arrhythmia Alliance, gave the following comments.
The benefits of the device are that its more comfortable than a Holter monitor and is less obstructive when doing everyday activities. This includes being able to wear the device while showering and exercising. It is also discrete, which reduces the risk of social stigma or embarrassment because of wearing the device. They also said that the device is easy to apply and remove. The results were also received quickly. Earlier detection of arrhythmias could lead to faster treatment and reduce the risk of adverse outcomes including strokes.
This device may particularly benefit people with intermittent symptoms which may be hard to identify when using a 12-lead electrocardiogram or a Holter monitor for up to 48 hours. This includes people with syncope who may only faint once or twice a month or those with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. This could prevent repeat hospital appointments which could reduce the costs and time associated with traveling to and waiting for multiple appointments.