Long-term ECG recording: findings and implications

Jarle Jortveit

Network member Jarle Jortveit and colleagues have investigated 1,262 long-term ECG recordings performed at Sørlandet Hospital Arendal, Norway, in the period 2017–18. The results were recently published in The Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association.

The authors suggest that long-term ECG recording should be used to a greater extent in patients for whom positive findings would have therapeutic and prognostic implications, such as those in whom stroke prophylaxis would be indicated if they were found to have atrial fibrillation.

Long-term ECG recording was often used to test patient populations with low risk of cardiac arrhythmia, and the results rarely had therapeutic implications.


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