Clinical Benefits

The C.Net5000 helps healthcare professionals provide better patient care, by capturing infrequent, paroxysmal, and silent arrhythmia events.

Symptoms of arrhythmia

Patients can present with symptoms that are difficult to distinguish, e.g., tiredness or generally feeling unwell, or they may have indications that occur infrequently such as palpitations, dizzy spells, light-headedness, fainting (syncope), and breathlessness (dyspnoea). A resting ECG is not always useful for diagnosing intermittent arrhythmia, as the patient is unlikely to experience symptoms during such a short test.

Asymptomatic events

Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) are at increased risk of having a stroke. However, AF is an arrhythmia that often has no symptoms. Atrial fibrillation has been shown to progress over time from paroxysmal (intermittent episodes), to persistent (episodes lasting seven days or more), to permanent. If the condition is detected in its paroxysmal stage, it can usually be treated with drugs. In the later stages the patient may require invasive therapy to try to correct the condition.

Why 24-hour ECG analysis in general practice?

By undertaking more diagnostic tests in primary care, patients receive more personalised treatment, are treated much more rapidly, and do not have to travel to outpatient departments. For intermittent and paroxysmal events, a 24-hour ambulatory ECG is the diagnostic test of choice and is becoming the standard test in general practice, thanks to the availability of better technology.

Why use the C.Net5000?

The C.Net5000 24-hour ambulatory ECG monitor is designed specifically for general practice. It provides an automatic detailed classification of any arrhythmia it detects, to help you to differentiate the benign events from those requiring further investigation or treatment. ECG test reports from the C.Net5000 are instantly available, easy to read, and do not require interpretation from a cardiac technician.

In those primary care practices where the C.Net5000 is being used to extend the diagnostic capability, a real impact is being made. Many patients are being treated locally, and for those patients needing a referral, a more informed and faster referral can be made. The wider use of the C.Net5000 affords diagnostic, monitoring, and screening purposes to help healthcare professionals and organisations meet their cardiovascular disease goals, and improve patient care.

As a service improvement step, the ECG test reports from the C.Net5000 can be filed electronically with the patient record, and can be attached to the “Choose and Book” referral system, enabling vital information to be included when making a referral.

Read more about the C.Net5000 here.