Melbourne: A new smartphone case and app can be used to quickly and cheaply detect heart rhythm problems and prevent strokes. University of Sydney researchers found the AliveCor Heart Monitor for iPhone (iECG) is a highly-effective, accurate and cost-effective way to screen patients to identify previously undiagnosed atrial fibrillation (AF) and hence help prevent strokes. The iECG allows doctors to screen patients for atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm problem, in minutes and treat them early. Senior author, Professor Ben Freedman, said that the device was an exciting breakthrough and would assist in the challenge to improve early identification of atrial fibrillation and prevention of stroke. "Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart rhythm problem and is responsible for almost one third of all strokes," he said.
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