A new ECG (electrocardiogram) method has been developed by scientists that utilize ear signals to assess heart rhythm, simplifying it for athletes, drivers, and military personnel to examine their own heartbeat. It is the foremost research to demonstrate that the ear can be utilized for ECG signal recognition, said scientists at the annual congress of European Heart Rhythm Association 2019 held in Lisbon.
Raffaele De Lucia from the University Hospital of Pisa, Italy, said, “Mobile ECG tools present a key chance to identify atrial fibrillation, the most ordinary heart rhythm disorder, and thus thwart strokes and decrease hospitalizations. All the existing portable ECG tools need both hands engaged, but what if signs occur while driving?”
The research comprised 32 successive healthy volunteers (nurses and cardiology students). An initial ECG was carried out by the standard technique that uses the middle and index finger of both hands. Another ECG was performed utilizing the left hand’s middle & index finger and a clip fastened to the left ear. All the ECGs were taken in print and assessed by the tool and by 2 cardiologists who didn’t know which technique had been utilized. No dissimilarities were identified in the ECG results received by the 2 techniques, said the scientists.
De Lucia said, “We have demonstrated how the ear can be utilized as a novel anatomical place for ECG signal recognition in healthy adults. Now, we are performing further studies to corroborate this technique in individuals with cardiac arrhythmias.” The authors stated the results will make a route for a new sort of signal-lead ECG wearable tool that keeps ones hand free, thus making it simpler to use.
Likewise, using catheter ablation rather standard drug therapy for treating the heart rhythm abnormality called atrial fibrillation leads to significant favorable patient outcomes, as per another study issued in JAMA.