An article published in the Lancet looked at diagnosing AF which is is frequently asymptomatic and thus underdetected but is associated with stroke, heart failure, and death. Existing screening methods require prolonged monitoring and are limited by cost and low yield. They looked at whether a rapid, inexpensive, point-of-care means of identifying these patients with atrial fibrillation using machine learning could be developed.
Researchers said it was still early days, but believe the system could lead to earlier and easier detection of the problem and, therefore, ensure patients get the right treatment, saving lives. The abstract is available at https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)31721-0/fulltext and was featured on the bbc website at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-49170285
CLOT have been asked by Thrombosis UK for help with a survey around providing patients with information around thrombosis diagnosis, treatment and risk factors. If members could please help by completing the survey by clicking on the link below Thanks.
Thrombosis UK is seeking to make available medically approved VTE patient information resources to UK hospitals. We would value your opinion on the content / style and design of the resources and have prepared a very short survey to seek your comments.
Please could you take just a few minutes (only 5 questions!), to complete the questionnaire enabling us to provide the suitable VTE patient materials for hospital centres.