Atrial
Fibrillation

CARDIOLOGY SOLUTIONS

Patients with Atrial Fibrillation are hospitalized twice as often as patients without AFib and are three times more likely to have multiple admissions.1 AFib costs the United States about $26 billion each year.1

The Patient Journey

EARLY DETECTION
There is a strong link between AF and stroke - one in five of all strokes can be attributed to this condition. Approximately 30 percent of people who experience AF-related strokes die during the hospital admission and another 20 percent are likely to die within a year. Care for patients with Atrial Fibrillation starts with identifying high-risk populations, for example–patients with sleep apnea, obesity and/or hypertension. Some regional guidelines recommend regular screening of all patients over 65 years old.3

ECG Recorders
Instant capture of multi-lead ECG on an ambulatory device.


DIAGNOSIS
Diagnosis is based in part on ECG interpretation of the heart rhythm and clinical history.3 Studies indicate that one of the key factors is to differentiate between chronic and paroxysmal AF in order to find the optimal management strategy for the patient.3

MAC VU360™ Resting ECG Workstation
Smart Lead technology automatically detects when a new patient is connected to help minimize patient data mix-ups. Smart Auto-ECG immediately captures and displays the first clean, high quality waveform reducing repeats.

Vivid™ Portfolio
Cardiac Auto Doppler automatically provides Doppler measurement results for the most common parameters, with minimal user guidance.

CARESCAPE™ Monitoring Portfolio
Diagnostic quality of 12SL™ analysis and initial interpretation, along with two-way integration to the MUSE™ cardiology information system for fast, validated access to patient's 12SL history & serial comparison.

ApexPro CH/FX Telemetry
Analyze ECG leads with EK-Pro algorithm to identify arrhythmias.

INITIAL MANAGEMENT
Patients are typically managed with medical therapy such as anti-coagulation and anti-arrhythmic medications. Cardiovascular imaging can also be employed to help determine cardiac function. For patients who don’t respond to medical therapy alone, there are non-surgical treatment options such as cardioversion and ablation.3

Vivid™ E95
cSound™ beamforming technology for exceptional visualization quality with impressive resolution in 2D, color flow, Doppler and 4D formats.

PRE-PROCEDURE PLANNING
If considering catheter ablation as a treatment option, pre-procedure planning can involve use of MR or CT imaging to identify anatomical targets for the procedure and understand the extent of AF. These images can help guide decisions on necessity of left atrial appendage closure in certain populations.3

3D Heart
Visualize the anatomical structures and vascularity of the heart with a bright blood, 3D sequence.

Revolution™ CT & CardioGraphe4
Achieve one-beat, whole heart acquisition for imaging or comprehensive cardiac assessment with or without beta blockers at any heart rate.5

INTERVENTION
During the intervention, it’s important to minimize complications. Interventional system use should be optimized for clinical success while helping to minimize contrast and radiation exposure to patient and clinician.

Mac-Lab™
Dependability, ease of use and excellent IT data integration. Mac-Lab™ Hemodynamic Recording System provides efficient information integration to help drive clinical throughput in high-speed, high-volume labs.


Innova™ IGS 56
Helps reduce use of contrast and dose with one of the industry’s highest ratings for Detective Quantum Efficiency (DQE).7


Vivid™ S70N and Vivid™ iq. IntraCardiac Echo (ICE8,9)
ICE technology combined with CARTOSOUND™ provides exceptional image detail, strengthening real-time monitoring and guidance during procedures.


Valve ASSIST 2
Interventional imaging software to plan, guide and assess valve placement.


PATIENT FOLLOW-UP
After an ablation, regular patient follow up and non-invasive imaging assessment may detect potential return of Atrial Fibrillation.3

3D Heart
Visualize the anatomical structures and vascularity of the heart with a bright blood, 3D sequence.


Ambulatory Monitoring Suite
Provides hospital-quality ECG algorithms to ECGs acquired outside the hospital.10


CARESCAPE™ Monitoring Portfolio
Diagnostic quality of 12SL™ analysis and initial interpretation, along with two-way integration to the MUSE™ cardiology information system for fast, validated access to patient's 12SL history & serial comparison.


ApexPro CH/FX Telemetry
Analyze ECG leads with EK-Pro algorithm to identify arrhythmias.


Vivid™ E95. 4D Auto LAQ
Via a semi-automatic, surface-detecting algorithm, you gain fast, reproducible and accurate 4D quantification of the left atrium.


DIGITAL FOUNDATION AND INNOVATIONS
Digital solutions, analytics and AI innovations such as GE Healthcare's Edison Platform, Muse and Centricity Cardio Enterprise connect our wing-to-wing technologies to practitioners for better cardiology outcomes, more efficiently.

MUSE™ ECG Management
By integrating with MUSE, data from home-based patients will be made available to clinicians on the same clinical workspace they use every day.


Centricity™ Cardio Enterprise2
Helps bridge the gaps between cardiovascular service lines with a single point of access.


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