This study involves mass screening for Atrial Fibrillation (AF) in persons 75+ using handheld devices integrated with a central monitoring service. Participants will receive support from the research centre if AF is detected.

Study description/purpose 

Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition where the heart beats with an abnormal rhythm and is an increasingly common health issue in Australia. It affects people over 75 years of age more frequently than other age groups. If not diagnosed and treated correctly, atrial fibrillation can result in significant problems, including stroke. The study aims to evaluate the practicalities of monitoring many individual’s ECG recordings to increase detection of atrial fibrillation. By asking participants to use a wireless portable smart device, from the comfort of their home, for just a minute day, we aim to identify people who may have this condition and connect them with health services that can help manage this condition appropriately.

What’s involved

Participants will receive training in the use of handheld mobile ECG detection devices (AliveCor Kardia) and support from the research centre if atrial fibrillation is detected.

Disease or condition

Heart disease

Recruitment criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Aged 75 and above
  • own a smartphone

Exclusion criteria:

  • Previous diagnosis of atrial fibrillation
  • Heart disease such as angina, heart attack, bypass surgery or cardiac stent
  • Have an implantable pacemaker or defibrillator
  • Dementia
  • Terminal illness ( life expectancy < 3 months)



Study sponsor / funder

Research team contacts

Vishal Gopal

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