ZIO Patch helps diagnose heart conditions with more accuracy

ZIO patch
February 5, 2014 6:55:01 AM PST
A new technology developed in California is helping to diagnose dangerous heart conditions with far more accuracy. It's a new kind of all-in-one monitor.

ABC7 San Francisco spoke to Dr. Melissa Kong, a cardiac electrophysiologist at the Silicon Valley Cardiology center in East Palo Alto. She says the ZIO Patch is worn on the patient's chest, replacing a traditional device called the Holter monitor, which is a separate unit connected to the chest with multiple leads.

While the Holter monitor limits patients' activities, ABC7 reports that the water-resistant ZIO Patch allows patients to both shower and exercise. And it's designed to collect data over a longer period of time -- two weeks rather than 24-48 hours with the Holter monitor -- to increase the odds of capturing a sporadic event such as heart arrhythmia.

At the end of two weeks, the patient mails the patch to the manufacturer, San Francisco-based iRhythm.

Technicians at iRhythm then retrieve a USB storage device from inside the patch and begin interpreting massive amounts of data.

Get more information on the patch and how it works from our sister station, KGO-TV.


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