The method permits fast, accurate, and intuitive detection of cardiac arrhythmias. (Credit: University of Michigan)

A new method of evaluating irregular heartbeats outperformed the approach that’s currently used widely in stroke units to detect instances of atrial fibrillation (Afib). The technology, called electrocardiomatrix, goes further than standard cardiac telemetry by examining large amounts of telemetry data in a way that’s so detailed it’s impractical for individual clinicians to attempt.

The electrocardiomatrix converts two-dimensional signals from the ECG into a three-dimensional heatmap that allows for rapid inspection of all collected heartbeats. The method permits fast, accurate, and intuitive detection of cardiac arrhythmias. It also minimizes false positive as well as false negative detection of arrhythmias.

It can also differentiate between Afib and atrial flutter and can capture reduced heart-rate variability in critical care patients.

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