Cited 11 times since 2017 (2.3 per year) source: EuropePMC Trials, Volume 18, Issue 1, 29 5 2017, Pages 402 Mobile phones in cryptogenic strOke patients Bringing sIngle Lead ECGs for Atrial Fibrillation detection (MOBILE-AF): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Treskes RW, Gielen W, Wermer MJ, Grauss RW, van Alem AP, Dehnavi RA, Kirchhof CJ, van der Velde ET, Maan AC, Wolterbeek R, Overbeek OM, Schalij MJ, Trines SA


Recently published randomised clinical trials indicate that prolonged electrocardiom (ECG) monitoring might enhance the detection of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) in cryptogenic stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA) patients. A device that might be suitable for prolonged ECG monitoring is a smartphone-compatible ECG device (Kardia Mobile, Alivecor, San Francisco, CA, USA) that allows the patient to record a single-lead ECG without the presence of trained health care staff. The MOBILE-AF trial will investigate the effectiveness of the ECG device for AF detection in patients with cryptogenic stroke or TIA. In this paper, the rationale and design of the MOBILE-AF trial is presented.


For this international, multicentre trial, 200 patients with cryptogenic stroke or TIA will be randomised. One hundred patients will receive the ECG device and will be asked to record their ECG twice daily during a period of 1 year. One hundred patients will receive a 7-day Holter monitor.


The primary outcome of this study is the percentage of patients in which AF is detected in the first year after the index ischaemic stroke or TIA. Secondary outcomes include markers for AF prediction, orally administered anticoagulation therapy changes, as well as the incidence of recurrent stroke and major bleeds. First results can be expected in mid-2019.

Trial registration, ID: NCT02507986 . Registered on 15 July 2015.

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