Key messages

• Supported cardiac monitoring has been shown to lower mortality in patients with confirmed myocardial infarction.

• Cardiac monitoring equipment is useful in the detection of serious cardiac arrhythmias in other subsets of patients at risk.

• This equipment must be supported by staff able to respond to detected arrhythmias and initiate appropriate treatment.

• The technology has advanced to allow arrhythmia classification, radiotelemetry, and ST-segment monitoring.

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