Some diseases can “lie and wait” without showing noticeable signs. Heart conditions, such as asymptomatic A-Fib, can exist for years without being detected. Around 1 in 3 people over the age of 55 experience A-Fib1 and more cases are caught the longer patients are monitored.
While a disease ‘without symptoms’ may seem less harmful, it could cause very serious health concerns, such as blood clots which can travel to the brain causing ischemic strokes. Approximately 1 in 3 ischemic strokes are cryptogenic2 (do not have a clear cause) which can make treating them and preventing future strokes difficult.
For patients with untreated A-Fib, their risk of stroke is three to five times greater3, and their health may be affected more severely afterwards. Administering a certain medication can help avoid another stroke when A-Fib is connected, so it is vital to have all the information for doctors to give the right treatment. Early detection of A-Fib events can reduce the risk of a stroke in the brain.
Ambulatory monitoring can follow your health status without the restrictions of a clinical environment. People undergoing this type of monitoring have greater independence and can carry out daily activities, such as shopping, going out to eat, cleaning the house, or playing sports all while your device keeps your doctor informed!
Devices such as the CardiacSense watch can continuously monitor your vital signs for as long as you wear it, picking up on signals that can show up without you noticing them. These are sent to your doctor immediately and can help them choose the next steps in your treatment timeline.