"The combination of the accelerometer with the ALTRUA™ MV blended sensor can offer great benefits for our chronotropically incompetent patients."
Dr. Alzueta (Spain)
In the current pacemaker population many patients do not receive the appropriate heart rates for their daily activities.
The main limitation is related to the fact that the accelerometer alone in a pacemaker cannot detect all the movements.
Walking up a flight of stairs or riding a bicycle are just a few examples illustrating the limitations of the accelerometer.
At the end it will leave the patient chronotropically incompetent.
Chronotropic incompetence is real and can be treated. Physicians throughout Europe see the difference in daily practice when they use the ALTRUA™ MV blended sensor to restore their patients’ chronotropic response to daily exercise. In many cases these patients seem completely transformed and are able to do their daily activities they used to do.
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Not all pacemakers can restore chronotropic competence, it requires a specific sensor. Boston Scientific has developed a unique MV sensor, which is the only sensor today that is clinically proven to restore chronotropic competence10.
As defined by the Wilkoff model, the MV sensor restores chronotropic incompetence by 97%. Where common accelerometer sensors only act to movement of the upper body, the MV sensor also uses the increase in breathing to provide the appropriate heart rate. This is specifically effective to provide the appropriate heart rate for daily activities, like climbing stairs, carrying shopping bags or riding a bicycle.Learn more about BSC pacemakers
RightRate™ provides instant trending replay, a unique feature to help physicians and technicians to determine if a patient is chronotropically incompetent. With instant trending replay you are able to see what patients’ heart rate for specific daily activities would look like, compared to different settings. This trend is even available when the pacemaker is not programmed to a rate responsive mode.
Want to learn more about Boston Scientific and trending? Register at the MedScape Education website and listen to what Dr K. Ellenbogen and Dr K. Kaszala have to say.Improving Clinical Outcomes in Chronotropic Incompetence: Case Studies CME