More than half a million people in the UK are affected by AF, also known as Atrial Fibrillation, it is the most common type of irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia. A normal heat beats 60-100 time per minute. During an AF episode, a persons heart can beat 175 time or more per minute.
People living with AFib report a substantially reduced quality of life compared to those without the disease, here’s some quick stats:
30% WORSE general health
24% WORSE physical functioning
23% WORSE social functioning
16% WORSE mental health, as many worry when they are next going to have an episode.
Additionally, within the first year of diagnosis, AF patients have a more than a 35% chance of experiencing heart failure and are five times more likely to have a stroke. Those with AF recovering from a stroke have a higher risk of remaining disabled or handicapped. This costs the NHS around £2.5 billion a year.
The Treatment and medical technology:
Recent advancements in medical technology are transforming the ways in which AF is treated, greatly improving patient care and controlling treatment costs. Rapid Rhythm, a product our MedTech Centre is working with, not only eliminates infection risk it also improves workflow and provides a diagnosis in 90 seconds.
Medical technology solutions to treat AF include:
3D Mapping Technology: This mapping and navigation technology increases the accuracy, speed and efficiency of catheter ablation procedures.
Implantable Devices: In some cases, a pacemaker, a small implanted medical device that monitors a heart’s rhythm and sends electrical signals to regulate it, may need to be used after an ablation procedure to keep the heart rate stable.
Rapid Rhythm: This hand-held device is wireless and connects to any electrocardiogram (ECG) machine to diagnose atrial fibrillation (AF) and other major cardiac conditions. Electrical Cardioversion: AF can be treat-ed electrically with a procedure called cardioversion. During the procedure, an electrical shock is delivered to a patient’s heart in order to restore a normal heart rhythm.
Contact Force Ablation Technology: This new ablation technology is designed to provide physicians with an objective measure of the force a catheter applies to a patient’s heart in order to create more effective lesions during ablation procedures.