The Evolution of Cardiac Monitoring with Rod Passman, MD
As heart conditions like arrhythmia become increasingly common, heart monitoring is becoming an even more important tool for disease prevention and treatment. Northwestern Medicine cardiac electrophysiologist Rod Passman, MD, who has over three decades of experience in the field, reviews the history of cardiac monitoring and looks to the future. He details his pioneering use of implantable heart monitors for arrhythmia in stroke patients and his partnership with a consumer electronics company to bring wearable cardiac monitors to patients.
"What we're trying to do is a paradigm shift. We need to personalize care. We need to understand the genetics and the anatomy and how likely one is to respond to a particular therapy so that we can customize care."
- Director of the Center for Arrhythmia Research
- Jules J. Reingold Professor of Electrophysiology
- Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology
- Professor of Preventive Medicine
- Member of the Robert J. Havey, MD Institute for Global Health
In a little over a century, heart monitoring devices weighing hundreds of pounds have been improved and compressed to devices that we can wear on our wrists. Rod Passman, MD, takes us through a brief history of cardiac monitoring and his innovations in the field of cardiac electrophysiology.
- Atrial fibrillation can be difficult to detect, even with an electrocardiogram (EKG), because AFib episodes can be asymptomatic and intermittent.
- The standard of care for patients with AFib and stroke risk factors is the prescription of blood thinners for the rest of their lives.
- Passman shares insights and developments from the Center for Arrythmia Research, such as
- "Stroke Risk as a Function of Atrial Fibrillation Duration and CHA2DS2-VASc Score" in Circulation
- "Cryptogenic Stroke and Underlying Atrial Fibrillation" in The New England Journal of Medicine
- "Smartwatch Performance for the Detection and Quantification of Atrial Fibrillation" in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
- "4D Flow with MRI" in Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering
Recorded on Aug. 25, 2021.
Continuing Medical Education Credit
Physicians who listen to this podcast may claim continuing medical education credit after listening to an episode of this program.
Academic/Research, Multiple specialties
At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
- Identify the research interests and initiatives of Feinberg faculty.
- Discuss new updates in clinical and translational research.
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Credit Designation Statement
The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this Enduring Material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Rod Passman, MD, discloses financial relationships with UpToDate, Inc., Medtronic, Inc., Abbott Laboratories, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson. Peer reviewer, Kaustubha Patil, MD, has nothing to disclose. Course director, Robert Rosa, MD, has nothing to disclose. Planning committee member, Erin Spain, has nothing to disclose. Host, Amanda Dee, has nothing to disclose. Feinberg School of Medicine's CME Leadership and Staff have nothing to disclose: Clara J. Schroedl, MD, Medical Director of CME, Sheryl Corey, Manager of CME, Allison McCollum, Senior Program Coordinator, Katie Daley, Senior Program Coordinator, and Rhea Alexis Banks, Administrative Assistant 2.