Remote monitoring for atrial fibrillation

Congest Heart Fail. 2008 Sep-Oct;14(5 Suppl 2):14-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7133.2008.tb00015.x.


Remote monitoring for atrial fibrillation (AF) provides invaluable tools for diagnosis and management. Recent advances in monitoring technology have improved the ability to care for patients with AF. Wireless remote monitoring of implanted devices is revolutionizing the way health care professionals care for this subgroup of patients. Early identification and treatment of paroxysmal AF episodes has the potential to reduce the progression to persistent or permanent AF. Prompt initiation of anticoagulant therapy can reduce the rate of strokes. More thorough and real-time remote monitoring can help evaluate to improve the efficacy of rate control, antiarrhythmic drug therapy, and catheter or surgical ablation procedures. In addition to improvements in clinical care, early detection and treatment of AF could reduce health care costs associated with AF.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Atrial Fibrillation / complications
  • Atrial Fibrillation / diagnosis*
  • Atrial Fibrillation / physiopathology
  • Defibrillators, Implantable
  • Electrocardiography, Ambulatory
  • Humans
  • Monitoring, Ambulatory / instrumentation*
  • Monitoring, Ambulatory / trends
  • Pacemaker, Artificial
  • Stroke / prevention & control
  • Telemetry / instrumentation