Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute physicians studying role of wearable devices, app for remote monitoring of cardiac rhythm disorders

Digital monitoring platform provides community support, access to healthcare providers to help patients implement recommended lifestyle changes AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Physicians with the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute (TCAI) at St. David's Medical Center are testing a new lifestyle intervention program and digital health platform for patients with atrial fibrillation (A Fib), the most common type of cardiac arrhythmia. The program, which features an app that is linked to wearable devices, is designed to enable early detection of A Fib, as well as improve management and clinical outcomes for patients with A Fib."Digital monitoring allows us to better serve our patients by helping them follow prescribed plans, such as diet and exercise, to improve quality of life," Andrea Natale, M.D., F.H.R.S., F.A.C.C., F.E.S.C., cardiac electrophysiologist and executive medical director ofA TCAI, said. "Physicians can also receive alerts if patients experience abnormal heart rhythms, such as A Fib."The digital monitoring program being studied allows physicians to identifyA patients who are at risk of A Fib and develop intervention plans, including recommended lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of recurrence, before and after a cardiac ablation procedure. Cardiac ablation is used to destroy small areas of heart tissue that are causing abnormalA heartA rhythms.The RFMx digital monitoring platform being used in this study includes wearable devices to continuously track health data from willing patients. The platform integrates the data to create a Health Scorecard based on information obtained from the wearable devices that is transmitted monthly via remote monitoring. It is designed to educate and support patients in a variety of areas, including diet, exercise, stress reduction, sleep, smoking cessation and alcohol reduction.
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