Technology Allows Rapid Diagnosis of Hard-to-Detect Heart Attacks


July 22, 2010

The newest version of the Impax HeartStation ECG (electrocardiogram) Management System helps enable rapid diagnosis and treatment of patients with posterior wall heart attacks. The features allow digital review and archive of 15-lead ECG studies.

Compared to more commonly found 12-lead ECG equipment, 15-lead ECG provides more complete data for detecting heart attacks in the right and posterior ventricle walls. Impax HeartStation offers features to analyze and prioritize 12- and 15-lead ECG exams as they come into the system and alert healthcare providers if a patient is experiencing a life-threatening or other critical condition.

Impax HeartStation uses Agfa HealthCare-developed technology that identifies specific words or phrases in the ECG interpretation statement. Any exam matching the configurable keywords is immediately prioritized to the top of the ECG worklist. A distinctive, noticeable watermark is digitally created on the ECG tracing to notify the physician of the criticality of the exam.

The system allows ECGs to be e-mailed, allowing prompt access to critical ECGs to interventional cardiologists and electrophysiologists. This allows them to view ECGs and prescribe ER treatment from any location.

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