11/04/2010

Vitaphone GmbH

Telecardiological function diagnosis

Telemedicine provider Vitaphone opens its own subsidiary in France

Mannheim. From now on the globally positioned, international leading telemedicine provider, Vitaphone GmbH, is represented in France by its own subsidiary. This was announced by the company during the 21st "Collège National des Cardiologues Français" congress that started today in Paris. With this the Mannheim Company is clearly continuing to expand inside and outside Europe.

“With our own Vitaphone subsidiary in France, we satisfy the wish expressed again and again by many French cardiologists in clinics and in practices. Thus, we can support our customers in the telecardiological function diagnosis field even better and directly. In light of the constantly growing number of patients with arrhythmia we have more and more of these in France”, explains Matthias Quinger, managing director of Vitaphone GmbH.

In France, Vitaphone offers the whole range of telecardiological function diagnostic: from the Tele ECG card to the Tele ECG loop recorder. The common feature is the ECG display for symptomatic and asymptomatic arrhythmia at the patient’s home and the direct relaying of the ECG to the clinic or practice by transferring it by landline or mobile telephone network. Therefore, the patient does not have to stay in hospital. Moreover, the diagnosis and, thus, the start of therapy, is considerably accelerated.

Prof. Baumann, director of the clinic specialising in Cardiology, Pulmology and Angiology of the Berlin University Clinic Charité says, “Slight arrhythmia, which is difficult to diagnose because it often occurs when the patient is not near the clinic or medical practice and when there is no ECG available, is particularly dangerous. By using the Tele ECG card, we can clarify the causes of patients' symptomatic arrhythmia in 85 percent of cases within seven days."

Due to demographic development, arrhythmia is a globally increasing problem. According to experts, at least 5.5 million people in the world suffer from atrial fibrillation alone. Therefore, atrial fibrillation is the most frequent type of arrhythmia. Patients with atrial fibrillation have a five times higher risk of having a stroke – with the well-known individual and economic consequences. Amongst the illnesses associated with atrial fibrillation there is heart failure and sudden cardiac death, which is responsible for up to 20 percent of all heart-related deaths and which is mostly caused by tachycardic arrhythmia. Early identification of patients at risk is of particular importance to cardiological clinics and practices. Telecardiological function diagnosis makes a valuable contribution to this.