In the case of cardiac arrhythmia, the normal heart rate gets out of balance due to various reasons. Treatment with medication is oftentimes sufficient to remedy the condition. In other cases, it is necessary to implant a cardiac pacemaker. Just like with any intervention, this type of surgery also involves risks. In the worst-case scenario, this can lead to abnormal wound healing or obliteration of the vascular system.
Deep vein thrombosis is not just a risk factor for frequent flyers but also for wearers of cardiovascular implants and newly operated patients. Blood thinners prevent these dangerous blood clots from forming, but they need to be carefully adjusted and do not work the same way in every patient. A detailed analysis of platelets (thrombocytes) could prevent complications in the future.
Scientists at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, EMPA, have now developed a chest strap ECG-monitor that is self-moistening and thus enables a continuous data transfer. At MEDICA.de, Michel Schmid and Dr. Simon Annaheim talk about the many possibilities of this technology.