REmote Cardiac MOnitoring of At-risk SYNCope Patients After Emergency Department Discharge - A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial: REMOSYNCED
Syncope (fainting) is a common reason for emergency department (ED) presentation. Fainting can be caused by heart conditions such as irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia) that can be life-threatening, structural heart problems, or serious conditions not related to the heart. The standard or usual treatment for the majority of patients at-risk for irregular heart rhythm is getting discharged home with no heart rhythm monitoring. If patients receive any monitoring, only Holter monitoring device that records all heart beats for 24 hours to 72 hours will be used. One-third to half of irregular heart rhythm will be identified only after patients are either discharged from the ED or hospitalized in an inpatient unit. One-third to half of irregular heart rhythm will be identified only after patients are either discharged from the ED or hospitalized in an inpatient unit. The study hypothesize that prolonged live cardiac rhythm monitoring (15 days) of at-risk syncope patients, discharged from the ED, will lead to identification of irregular heart rhythm, which can lead to improved patient safety and lower healthcare costs.
• Adult patients (aged ≥ 18 years old) who present with syncope to any of the study EDs (within 24 hours), are classified as medium (3-5,) or high-risk (≥6) as per the CSRS and are being discharged from the ED either by the ED team or the consulting team if consulted to another service. Patients will be enrolled after written consent.
• For the secondary objectives related to the embedded observational study, validation of the CSRS ultra-low-risk criteria and to evaluate if the CSRS can be updated to improve its accuracy, ED physicians will obtain verbal consent from patients who are lower risk (score <3). These patients will not be enrolled in the randomized controlled trial.