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Ambulatory external electrocardiographic monitoring focus on atrial fibrillation.
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PMID:  21996384     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
There has been progressive development in ambulatory external electrocardiogram (AECG) monitoring technology. AECG monitors initially consisted of 24- to 48-h Holter monitors and patient-activated event and loop recorders. More recently, several ambulatory cardiovascular telemetry monitors and a patch-type 7- to 14-day Holter monitor have been introduced. These monitoring systems are reviewed along with their utility and limitations, with particular emphasis on their role in the diagnosis and evaluation of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). AECG monitoring is necessary when asymptomatic AF is suspected (as in patients presenting with cryptogenic stroke) or when an ECG diagnosis of unexplained arrhythmic symptoms is warranted. In addition, AECG plays an important role in patients with known AF to guide ventricular rate control and anticoagulation therapy, and assess the efficacy of antiarrhythmic drug therapy and/or ablation procedures. Finally, we outline areas of uncertainty and provide recommendations for use of available AECG monitors in clinical practice.
Suneet Mittal; Colin Movsowitz; Jonathan S Steinberg
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American College of Cardiology     Volume:  58     ISSN:  1558-3597     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Coll. Cardiol.     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8301365     Medline TA:  J Am Coll Cardiol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1741-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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Copyright © 2011 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Valley Heart and Vascular Institute, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, New York.
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