More than 30,000 Israelis suffer from atrial fibrillation without knowing it. It is an arrhythmia, a fluctuation in the normal heart rate called a “time bomb,” and it significantly increases the risk of having a stroke. A new questionnaire from the Ne’eman Association checks if you are at risk of having a stroke.
Approximately 90,000 Israelis suffer from atrial fibrillation, but 30,000 people are unaware that they have the condition.
What is atrial fibrillation?
Bornstein explained that atrial fibrillation is a heart rhythm disorder characterized by a rapid and irregular contraction of the heart. Irregular heartbeats can cause blood to freeze and clot. The danger is that these blood clots leave the heart and reach the blood vessels of the brain. As a result, the blood and oxygen supply to the brain can be blocked and cause a stroke. This is why atrial fibrillation is one of the main risk factors for stroke.
The professor added that studies show that people over 65 who have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation are five times more likely to have a stroke compared to the general healthy population.
The incidence of atrial fibrillation increases with age, and if people have diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, progressive heart failure, vascular disease, obstructive pulmonary disease, and an overactive thyroid gland, they increase the risk of atrial fibrillation in this age group.
As mentioned, the Ne’eman Association, which works to reduce stroke and provides rehabilitation services, is now leading a unique pilot that will identify people at risk for atrial fibrillation through the use of a digital questionnaire and advanced technology. heart rate monitoring, in order to save their lives.
The pilot asks people over 65 to complete a digital questionnaire, which examines their level of risk for latent atrial fibrillation. Participants diagnosed at high risk through the questionnaire will receive at home, free of charge, an advanced heart rate monitoring device (called Holter), which is connected 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to a heart rate center. monitoring for fibrillation.
As part of the pilot, those at risk will receive the world’s smallest miniature monitoring device called the MonitorNano, which runs an automated algorithm to detect arrhythmias, which is pre-programmed to detect arrhythmias. The patient has nothing to do but carry it on his body. It is the smallest portable monitoring device in the world, only 12mm thick and weighs only 18 grams.
The data received from the monitor is transmitted to the center through the management application installed on a cell phone and analyzed by the medical staff.
“There is no question that if stroke can be prevented, of course this is the preferred option,” concluded Pnina Rosenzweig, executive director of the Ne’eman Association. “Early testing to detect people at risk can save lives, and this is a free and simple answer way to do it. It is possible to get a quality, professional diagnosis of a significant risk factor and prevent stroke.”