12.05.2009 – 07:05
EANS-Adhoc: Card Guard subsidiary LifeWatch Inc. Launches Next Generation Wireless LifeStar ACT ExTM with Advanced Holter Analysis and Storage
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Neue Produkte/LifeStar ACT EX
Neuhausen am Rheinfall / Switzerland and Chicago / USA, May 12, 2009 - Card Guard AG's (SIX Swiss Exchange: CARDG) American subsidiary LifeWatch Services, Inc., the leading provider of wireless telemedicine services in the U.S., announces the launch of its next-generation wireless Ambulatory Cardiac Telemetry. The LifeStar ACT ExTM with advanced Holter analysis will broaden the utilization of ambulatory cardiac telemetry, add real-time auto-trigger and auto-send to the traditional Holter service model and allow the physician to use a single device for multiple purposes.
The launch of LifeWatch's first-to-market wireless LifeStar ACT Ex using its 3- channel ambulatory cardiac telemetry platform, boasts the ability to remotely retrieve up to 48 hours of digital Holter data for near real time analysis. With its 30 day storage capability, it can also provide a retrospective Holter analysis upon device retrieval for as much as a 7-day period. The clinical significance of this unique capability includes the following:
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auto-trigger, auto send features
. Data can be remotely retrieved using cellular technology for real-time
. Aid in the accurate diagnosis and quantification of Atrial Fibrillation
(AF) and other cardiac rhythm disturbances, inclusive of AF burden for
physicians treating patients with AF and those patients who have had
strokes with an unknown origin
. Detailed ECG analysis surrounding a particular arrhythmia event in order
to accurately identify its origin and tailor a treatment plan specific to
. Detailed ECG analysis includes ability to analyze the QT segment of the
heart beat which can be an indicator of increased vulnerability for
lethal arrhythmias and can result in loss of consciousness, and
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This innovation may obviate the need for emergency department evaluation and hospital admissions, thus fulfilling the promise of TeleHealth for outpatient diagnosis and management of patients with cardiac arrhythmias. The ACT Ex simplistic functionality increases the ease of use for patients for better compliance, while providing the most comprehensive cardiac monitoring solution in the market.
"Despite its very low diagnostic yield (6%), the 24-48 hour Holter test has been the predominant test of choice and utilized by most physicians for arrhythmia diagnosis and management. The ACT Ex, with its blended Holter analysis and auto-detect/auto-trigger capabilities allows for the same analysis with improved yield. Its ability to extend the monitoring period up to 7 days and potentially weeks at a time will dramatically improve diagnostic yield. Furthermore, the longer monitoring period allows for the accurate assessment of the patient's rhythm disturbance during the course of normal daily activities. Important information such as the adequacy of rate control during persistent AF, AF burden following an intervention such as the administration of an anti- arrhythmic medication or catheter or surgical ablation can be obtained," stated Harry Kopelman, M.D., LifeWatch Medical Advisory Board Chairman.
Dr. Yacov Geva, Chairman and CEO of Card Guard AG, stated, "Our mission is to develop the most accurate and convenient wireless patient monitoring technologies and clinical services in the industry that have the ability to capture and deliver critical data for faster time to treatment and higher diagnostic yield. The unique features of the ACT Ex were developed in consultation with our esteemed Medical Advisory Board".
Upcoming Card Guard Events
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26 May 2009 Annual Shareholder Meeting of Card Guard AG in Zurich
About Card Guard AG@@end@@
Card Guard AG, headquartered in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland, is a leading healthcare technology and solution company, specializing in advanced telehealth systems and wireless cardiac monitoring services. Card Guard services treat high-risk and chronically ill patients, health conscious consumers and wellness programs. Card Guard has subsidiaries in the United States, the Netherlands, Japan, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Israel. Card Guard AG is the parent company of LifeWatch Services Inc., a leading US- based cardiac monitoring service provider, and LifeWatch Technologies Inc., a US-based manufacturer of telecardiology products. www.cardguard.com
About LifeWatch Corp.
LifeWatch is a wholly owned subsidiary of Card Guard AG, a leading healthcare technology and solutions provider listed on SIX Swiss Stock Exchange (CARDG). LifeWatch Corp., through its operating subsidiaries LifeWatch Services, Inc. and LifeWatch Technologies, Inc. (Instromedix) is an independent provider of ambulatory cardiac monitoring services and a manufacturer and distributor of ambulatory cardiac and vital signs monitoring devices in the United States. Its current services are used by physicians primarily to monitor patients who are suspected of having heart rhythm disorders, or cardiac arrhythmias, and its products are used by itself and by others in connection with providing cardiac monitoring services. For more information, visit: www.lifewatch.com. Sign-up for customized E-mail alerts and documentation requests is available at
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