Bathurst GP seeks over 75 to participate in stroke reduction study | western avocado



BATHURST GP Dr Kam Wong is appealing to the community to help with a study that could significantly reduce stroke cases. People aged 75 and over, particularly those living in rural and regional areas, are encouraged to register. More than 150 people are already part of the study, but 46 other vacancies need to be filled. Dr Wong said the risk of stroke is five times higher for people with atrial fibrillation, also known as irregular heartbeat. Some people don’t know they have it until they have a stroke. READ ALSO: Bathurst doctor’s search to help identify people at risk for stroke Study participants will receive an ECG machine they can use with their phone to monitor their heartbeat. “The University of Sydney has secured funding from the Australian National Heart Foundation to provide a wearable digital device that people simply attach to their mobile phone,” said Dr Wong. “What people have to do is just download an app into the phone and then put their fingers on the little touchpad and then within 30 seconds the ECG is generated and it will automatically be sent to Westmead Hospital and some specialists will look at this.” They just need to do this once a day Monday to Friday and if there is an abnormal ECG or anything major the doctors will call them to ask them to report to the GP If an irregular rhythm is detected, doctors can begin treatment with blood thinners, reducing the risk of stroke by more than 60 percent. Study participants will be asked to use the device over a period of six or 12 months Dr. Wong said he has already detected a few cases of auricle The hope is that through this research they will be able to determine the effectiveness of the device and develop a habit of self-screening that identifies will be more cases of atrial fibrillation than opportunistic screening. or more who have never been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation are eligible for the study. They must have a compatible cell phone and cannot live in a nursing home. For more information call 0466 055 962 or email [email protected] Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:



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