Comparison of diagnostic value using a small, single channel, P-wave centric sternal ECG monitoring patch with a standard 3-lead Holter system over 24 hours

Warren M. Smith, Fiona Riddell, Morag Madon, Marye J. Gleva

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Abstract

Background To compare simultaneous recordings from an external patch system specifically designed to ensure better P-wave recordings and standard Holter monitor to determine diagnostic efficacy. Holter monitors are a mainstay of clinical practice, but are cumbersome to access and wear and P-wave signal quality is frequently inadequate. Methods This study compared the diagnostic efficacy of the P-wave centric electrocardiogram (ECG) patch (Carnation Ambulatory Monitor) to standard 3-channel (leads V1, II, and V5) Holter monitor (Northeast Monitoring, Maynard, MA). Patients were referred to a hospital Holter clinic for standard clinical indications. Each patient wore both devices simultaneously and served as their own control. Holter and Patch reports were read in a blinded fashion by experienced electrophysiologists unaware of the findings in the other corresponding ECG recording. All patients, technicians, and physicians completed a questionnaire on comfort and ease of use, and potential complications. Results In all 50 patients, the P-wave centric patch recording system identified rhythms in 23 patients (46%) that altered management, compared to 6 Holter patients (12%), P < .001. The patch ECG intervals PR, QRS and QT correlated well with the Holter ECG intervals having correlation coefficients of 0.93, 0.86, and 0.94, respectively. Finally, 48 patients (96%) preferred wearing the patch monitor. Conclusions A single-channel ambulatory patch ECG monitor, designed specifically to ensure that the P-wave component of the ECG be visible, resulted in a significantly improved rhythm diagnosis and avoided inaccurate diagnoses made by the standard 3-channel Holter monitor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-73
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican heart journal
Volume185
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

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