Journal Article

Use of event recorders and loop recorders in clinical practice: results of the European Heart Rhythm Association Survey

Elena Sciaraffia, Jian Chen, Meleze Hocini, Torben Bierregaard Larsen, Tatjana Potpara and Carina Blomström-Lundqvist

in EP Europace

Published on behalf of The European Society of Cardiology

Volume 16, issue 9, pages 1384-1386
Published in print September 2014 | ISSN: 1099-5129
Published online September 2014 | e-ISSN: 1532-2092 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/europace/euu222
Use of event recorders and loop recorders in clinical practice: results of the European Heart Rhythm Association Survey

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Several kinds of electrocardiogram monitoring systems are now available in the clinical practice. The aim of this European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) survey was to assess the use of different monitoring techniques in the evaluation of patients with unexplained syncope, palpitations, and in those with established diagnosis of atrial fibrillation. Forty-five centres in Europe answered the questionnaire and the majority (78%) were university hospitals. The answers showed a discrepancy between the recommended use of implantable loop recorders (ILRs) in patients with unexplained syncope and the use of this device in clinical practice. In most of the cases only a minority of patients (<20%) seemed to actually receive an ILR as a part of the diagnostic process in accordance to the current guidelines. Holter monitoring systems and external loop recorders seemed to be the preferred monitoring techniques both in patients with recurrent palpitations and in those with established diagnosis of atrial fibrillation.

Keywords: Electrocardiogram monitoring system; Loop recorder; Syncope; EHRA survey; EP wire

Journal Article.  2156 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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