Optimum duration of transtelephonic ECG monitoring when used for transient symptomatic event detection

James A. Reiffel, Eva Schulhof, Bruce Joseph, Emily Severance, Patricia Wyndus, Anna McNamara

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Abstract

Transtelephonic electrocardiographic monitoring (TTM) has been used for postpacemaker follow-up study, postmyocardial infarction monitoring, and transient symptomatic event detection (TSED). For postpacemaker follow-up study, TTM is continued indefinitely. For postmyocardial infarction monitoring, TTM is continued for 1 year or more. For TSED, the appropriate duration for TTM has not yet been adequately assessed. Accordingly, the authors determined the yield, by week, of TTM for TSED. Five thousand fifty-two patients who made 20,590 calls were analyzed for this investigation. Ninety-five percent of patients making symptomatic calls or making a call in which an arrhythmia was documented did so within 5 weeks. Shorter periods would sacrifice yield, longer periods may not be cost-effective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-168
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Electrocardiology
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1991
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • bradycardia
  • electrocardiogram
  • heart block
  • tachycardia
  • transtelephonic monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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