In February 2023, NICE withdrew this guidance following a review.
The original guidance published in 2013 and recommended the use of WatchBP Home A for opportunistically detecting atrial fibrillation during diagnosis and monitoring of hypertension. However the guidance review in 2022 recommended it be withdrawn because it was determined that:
- The existing medical technologies guidance was considered along with other interventions in the update of NICE's guideline on atrial fibrillation. See evidence review A and evidence review B providing the best advice to the NHS about its use.
- As evident in NICE's guideline on atrial fibrillation, the evidence base and experts’ advice, the landscape for opportunistically detecting atrial fibrillation in primary care has changed significantly since the original guidance, with a wider range of devices for detecting atrial fibrillation now available.