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New wireless patch deemed superior to old cardiac holter monitors

 

Last updated 1/16/2014 at Noon

The new Zio Patch is wireless and can be worn for up to two weeks to track arrhythmia events.

LA JOLLA – A wireless patch attached to the chest does a better job at detecting abnormal heart rhythms than the wired device used by physicians for the past 60 years, according to a study published recently by the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla.

In the study, 146 patients referred to Scripps Green Hospital for potential heart conditions were fitted with the traditional device, called the Holter monitor, and a new Zio Patch.

The Holter monitor consists of a cell-phone sized recorder worn at the waist and five to seven lead wires that attach to the chest. Patient...



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