(Quebec) entrepreneurship, science and medicine go hand in Quebec.
A typical installation of a Holter monitor at the Graduate Institute of Cardiology and Pneumology of Quebec
For three years, cardiologists electrophysiologists – the so called “heart of electricians” – University Institute of Cardiology and Pneumology of Quebec (IUCPQ) accompany a startup that wants to become a world leader in the field of medical devices intended for diagnostic tests.
Founded in 2012 by Pierre Paquet, Yannick Le Devehat and Pierre Fecteau, Icentia began marketing its first product, CardioStat, a disposable compact monitor designed to detect abnormal heart rhythms, including atrial fibrillation in the absence proper treatment, can cause a stroke (CVA).
Unlike the portable Holter electrocardiography device that is usually wear a cardiologist at his patient to diagnose arrhythmias, CardioStat continuously records all heartbeats for a longer period of 7 to 14 days. The Holter monitor, for his part, records the heart’s electrical activity for 24 or 48 hours.
“Studies show that there is a real added value to prolonged monitoring,” says Isabelle Nault, electrophysiologist and cardiologist at IUCPQ principal investigator of the ongoing study on the CardioStat. She noted that preliminary data obtained from the first patients who used the CardioStat show an almost perfect correlation with those obtained by using the Holter monitor.
The most common form of arrhythmia – it affects 1% to 2% of Canadians, a percentage that is expected to increase with the aging population – atrial fibrillation can occur persistently or by episodes of more or less short .
The cardiologist will use electrocardiography when the heart rhythm disorder is permanent. The examination is done in the hospital or clinic.
It is when this disorder is episodic as the cardiologist will recommend his patient to wear a Holter electrocardiology portable device.
“It may be that the patient has no symptoms during the day in which he wears the monitor,” notes Jean Champagne, electrophysiology cardiologist at IUCPQ. Wearing the heartbeat recorder will therefore not given much. “To guide us in the interventions we make to our patients, we need a long-term recording of the heartbeat to obtain earlier diagnosis and possibly save lives.”
Furthermore, given the limited number of Holter monitors that have the IUCPQ – the only reference center in eastern Quebec in cardiac electrophysiology – waiting times for patients if the pass count in weeks, if not months . “It even happens that we do not have the staff to install the monitor on patients.”
Facilitate the patient’s life
By developing CardioStat in collaboration with IUCPQ over the past three years, Icentia also thought to patient comfort.
As we can see from the photo, the typical installation of a Holter monitor made in IUCPQ nothing comfortable well.
Difficult to go about their daily business with such a cumbersome paraphernalia on the abdomen. Sleep? Forget that. The shower also.
“The CardioStat, you’ll forget you’re wearing it,” says Dr. Jean Champagne, which goalkeeper at times, was tested in a hockey game.
With a heart rate monitor – two self-adhesive electrodes connected to a recording device – Icentia also wants to save time and not to patients.
To install a Holter monitor, the patient has to go to the hospital. He will return, 24 or 48 hours later, so that the support disconnects the whole and retrieves the device.
A visit to the hospital is also required for the installation of CardioStat. However, once the period of 7 or 14 days is over, the patient may itself remove the monitor, put it in an envelope and drop it in the box to the nearest letters.
Arrhythmia refers to a heart rate disorder. The heart then tends to beat too slowly, too quickly or irregularly.
The heartbeat is caused by electric pulses. These small discharges cause contraction of the ventricles and atria of the heart in order to pump blood to the lungs and then into the body.
In general, most forms of arrhythmias cause no health problem. However, they may cause dizziness or pain in the chest.
Other forms of arrhythmia, however, require medical care.