Home Diagnosis and Prognosis of Atrial Fibrillation

This graphic shows the program in action and demonstrates the various options and reports.
Note below for further discussion.

The File Menu allows one to save and load multiple studies and start anew.
One can email the raw data to a doctor (below).
One can generate a PDF report of all completed forms and email this as well (below).
One may open the program directory and attach jpgs and pdfs to an email client manually too.

Clicking a .dat file loads the data and freezes input.
The files are sorted by date (ddmmyyhhmmss

To input new data, one must create a New study from the File Menu.
Once data is loaded, the Reports may be accessed.

Upon completion of data input or after loading a saved study, the Report Menu is enabled with the above choices.

The Rhythm Report is very similar in appearance to an ECG. Most physicians can diagnose AF by reviewing this type of tracing. At the very least, a regular rhythm can be differentiated from an irregular one. One can print or save this report and email it to a physician for review. If suspicion is high enough, a physician might check an ECG.

Calipers are provided to track interval regularity and can be dragged around from the two corners.
The interval measured and the rate are tracked in the title.

The data may be plotted either sequentially or sorted. Green identifies the normal heart rate
while Blue is bradycardia (slow) and Red is tachycardia (fast).
The minimum rate, the median rate and the maximum rate is listed on the Y-axis.
The cross-hairs allow measurement of individual rates.
The sorted display is helpful for quantifying rate totals.

Statistical analysis is helpful for identifying the Standard Deviation (SD) and Variance around the mean.
The larger the SD, the more irregular the rhythm is and the more likely it is atrial fibrillation. 
My classification is arbitrary in these regards.

The Chad2 score is derived from the following article:
Gage BF,Waterman AD, et al. Validation of clinical classification schemes for predicting stroke.
Results from the National Registry of Atrial Fibrillation. JAMA. 2001; 285: 2864-2870.

It is a simple calculation and is applicable only to patients with non-valvular AF..

In general, a score of 0 is low risk. In this instance most would agree that aspirin therapy is appropriate.
A score of 1 or greater usually results in the prescription of warfarin.
Newer medications are actively being evaluated as are expanded criteria for risk.

Additional Risk Scores are added to CHAD2.
They may be accessed only in Expert Mode.

Medication Initiation and Adjustment of Warfarin dosage and Bridging.

Bridging recommendations are made for operative situations when oral
blood thinners must be stopped. These are based upon risk of stroke,
risk of bleeding and patient preference as firm guidelines haven't been
established to date.

The risk of falling is NOT an Evidence Based reason to without warfarin despite the fact that it is
frequently invoked by physicians. One study found "The calculated risk of subdural hematoma
from falling was such that a patient with a 5% annual stroke risk from atrial fibrillation would
need to fall 295 times in a year for the fall risk to outweigh the stroke reduction benefit of warfarin."

"Guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Chest Physicians
do not include fall risk in the decision to use anticoagulation. Guidelines from the Institute for
Clinical Systems Improvement note that patients with 3 falls in the previous year or
with recurrent injurious falls were excluded from trials evaluating efficacy and safety of
anticoagulation in patients withnonvalvular atrial fibrillation."
Are major bleeding events from falls more likely in patients on warfarin?

Included in the compiled version only

I've added the ability to email your data directly to your physician.
This is not included in the open source version
as it uses a commercial product, Chilkat.
(I may add Winsock support later to keep it open.)

Your doctor will need a copy of this program to view the data which is sent unencrypted.
You will need your SMTP Server Name, login and password information as well.
This is
entered from the options menus.

This information is stored in the program directory unencrypted.
A list of SMTP server addresses for a large variety of ISPs is available from the
Help>SMTP Server List.

This is an example pdf report file which can be automatically emailed: