Technology | June 03, 2008

ECG Monitor Extends its Leads to Three

Card Guard AG has introduced its next-generation LifeStar ACT III Platinum system with 3-lead ECG functionality, designed to enable the tracking of vital heart rhythm information in real-time.

The device’s DSI product code defines real-time arrhythmia detection and alarm, including ST-segment measurement and alarm to meet the U.S. Payor and Medicare reimbursement requirements.

The LifeStar ACT III Platinum system, based on the existing LifeStar ACT I (1-lead ECG) system, features a reportedly enhanced heart arrhythmia detection capabilities thanks to its 3-lead ECG functionality. Like the successful LifeStar ACT I system, the new three-lead version offers the same full auto-detect and auto-send device functionality and therefore does not require any patient interaction.

The LifeStar ACT system is said to automatically detect and send heart rhythm abnormalities to a LifeWatch monitoring call center that is staffed 24 hours/7 days a week/365 days a year by specialized cardiac technicians who can immediately interpret the data and initiate any necessary next steps. LifeStar ACT devices can enhance the diagnostic yields, and be of life-saving value.

The LifeStar ACT III Platinum’s ability to place 3 ECG leads comfortably on a patient’s chest enhances the ability to obtain vital heart rhythm information, which typically requires the use of 12-lead ECGs in a stationary setting.

According to the company, the ACT III Platinum platform has the potential to expand the market by extending to the outpatient setting real-time ambulatory cardiac telemetry. This will enable monitoring of additional patient conditions, such as myocardial ischemia, the cause of angina pectoris.

June 2008

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