The role of implantable cardiac monitors in atrial fibrillation management

Giuseppe Ciconte, Daniele Giacopelli, Carlo Pappone

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Continuous heart rhythm monitoring using implantable cardiac monitors (ICMs) for atrial fibrillation (AF) management is steadily increasing in current clinical practice, even in the absence of an established indication provided by international guidelines. The increasing use of such devices is mainly associated with recent technological improvements including miniaturization, easier implant procedures, and remote monitoring, all of which make this strategy continuously more appealing and promising. For these and other reasons, ICMs have been proven to be a safe and highly effective tool for detecting AF episodes. However, ICMs are not the best option for every patient, as limitations exist. Therefore, it is imperative to weigh the possible benefits against the potential limitations of using these devices when deciding individualized patient care.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Atrial Fibrillation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2017


  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Continuous monitoring
  • Implantable cardiac monitor
  • Loop recorder
  • Subcutaneous electrocardiogram


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