Stroke Patient Care Management

A simple solution to a complex problem – Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)

LifeWatch provides a unique Stroke Patient Care Program for cardiac monitoring of patients who have recently experienced a stroke. This simple yet comprehensive solution utilizes the real-time telemetry capabilities of the LifeStar ACT system. Outpatient Cardiac Telemetry is shown to detect asymptomatic Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) up to 23% in cryptogenic TIA/Stroke patient populations.(Tayal et al, Neurology 2008.)

Stroke is the third most frequent cause of death in the United States. Each year approximately 795,000 Americans will suffer a new or recurrent stroke. This is an average of one stroke every 40 seconds. A Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) is defined as a brief episode in which the brain gets insufficient blood supply, and is described as an incomplete stroke with symptoms that typically last from several minutes up to a few hours. One third of individuals who have had one or more TIAs will suffer a stroke. 36% of those will survive such an event, the cause of which is unknown or cryptogenic. Furthermore, multiple clinical trials have demonstrated the efficacy of chronic oral anticoagulation (Coumadin) in patients who are at high risk of recurrent embolic neurological events. However, Coumadin is not without risk and requires accurate diagnosis of Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation (PAF) before the initiation of therapy.



Features and Benefits:

  • Provides neurologists/stroke specialists with a simple cardiac monitoring solution to monitor their cryptogenic stroke and TIA patients for silent AF
  • MD notification with customization for 1st documentation of AF
  • Pertinent AF data – online
  • Physician over-read (available on request)
  • Simple online enrollment
  • Coordination and verification of benefits