Two causes of palpitations, detected by photoplethysmography on a mobile phone
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During the 6th (and most recent) Consensus Conference of the Atrial Fibrillation Network (AFNET) and the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) advanced technologies as photoplethysmography (PPG) were mentioned for the detection of atrial fibrillation (AF). PPG has here a sensitivity and specificity of 97–100% and 92–94%, respectively, for the detection of AF compared with 12-lead ECG interpretation .
This puzzle shows us, though, that there is more to consider on a PPG than AF alone.
According to this recent consensus for integrating new approaches to AF management, further investigation is needed as ECG-diagnosed AF is still the preferred method to decide on further management [1, 2]. Using these new technologies enables us to track down patients’ symptoms more conveniently and over a longer period of time, and to evaluate further with ECG if needed.
Conflict of interest
W. Gielen and M. Gielen declare that they have no competing interests.
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