Diagnostic Yield and Economic Assessment of a Diagnostic Protocol With Systematic Use of an External Loop Recorder for Patients With Palpitations

Jaume Francisco-Pascual, Alba Santos-Ortega, Ivo Roca-Luque, Nuria Rivas-Gándara, Jordi Pérez-Rodón, Laia Milà-Pascual, David García-Dorado, Àngel Moya-Mitjans

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© 2018 Sociedad Española de Cardiología Introduction and objectives: To assess the diagnostic yield and cost-effectiveness of a diagnostic protocol based on the systematic use of latest-generation external loop recorders (ELRs)compared with the classic diagnostic strategy for patients with recurrent unexplained palpitations. Methods: Two cohorts of consecutive patients referred for diagnosis of unexplained palpitations to the outpatient clinic of the arrhythmia unit were compared: a prospective cohort after the implementation of a new diagnostic protocol based on the systematic use of ELRs, and another, retrospective, cohort before the implementation of the protocol. The cost of diagnosis was calculated based on the number of complementary examinations, visits to outpatient clinics, or emergency department visits required to reach a diagnosis, and its costs according the prices published for the local health system. Results: One hundred and forty-nine patients were included (91 in the ELR group, 58 in the control group). The diagnostic yield was higher in the ELR group (79 [86.8%]definitive diagnoses in the ELR group vs 12 [20.7%]in the control group, P <.001). The cost per diagnosis was €375.13 in the ELR group and €5184.75 in the control group (P <.001). The cost-effectiveness study revealed that the systematic use of ELR resulted in a cost reduction of €11.30 for each percentage point of increase in diagnosis yield. Conclusions: In patients with recurrent unexplained palpitations, evaluation by means of a study protocol that considers the systematic use of a latest-generation ELR increases diagnostic yield while reducing the cost per diagnosis. Full English text available from:www.revespcardiol.org/en
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-478
JournalRevista Espanola de Cardiologia
Volume72
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019

Keywords

  • Ambulatory electrocardiogram monitoring
  • Arrhythmia diagnosis
  • External loop recorder
  • Palpitation

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    Francisco-Pascual, J., Santos-Ortega, A., Roca-Luque, I., Rivas-Gándara, N., Pérez-Rodón, J., Milà-Pascual, L., García-Dorado, D., & Moya-Mitjans, À. (2019). Diagnostic Yield and Economic Assessment of a Diagnostic Protocol With Systematic Use of an External Loop Recorder for Patients With Palpitations. Revista Espanola de Cardiologia, 72, 473-478. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.recesp.2018.04.013