Researchers have developed a smartphone app that may identify potentially deadly heart attacks with close accuracy of health ECG, and might end up being an important instrument to save lives.
The researchers in the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute at the US discovered that the app can monitor heart action and determine if a person is with an ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI), a heart attack where the artery is totally blocked.
The app has almost the exact same precision as a conventional 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG), that can be used to diagnose heart attacks, they said.
Researchers say the findings are important because the rate of therapy following a STEMI heart attack helps save lives. “The more quickly you can find the artery available, the greater the individual will do. We found that this app may dramatically speed up things and save your lifetime,” said J Brent Muhlestein in the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute.
From the analysis, 204 patients with chest pain obtained both a typical 12-lead ECG and an ECG throughout the AliveCor app, which can be administered via a smartphone using a two-wire attachment. Researchers discovered the app with the cable set-up effective in identifying STEMI out of not-STEMI ECGs correctly and with higher sensitivity when compared with a classic 12-lead ECG.
Together with the AliveCor app, both wire leads are transferred around the body so as to capture all 12 components, they stated.
The app could hasten the urgent care that a patient needs after enduring a STEMI.
“If someone gets chest pain and they have not ever had chest discomfort they may think that it’s only a bug or it is gas and they won’t visit the emergency area. . .and that’s harmful, since the quicker we open the artery that is blocked, the greater the patient’s result is going to be,” Muhlestein stated.
The app can choose the electrocardiogram immediately, send the outcomes to the cloud in which a cardiologist testimonials it instantly and, in case a STEMI can be located, inform the individual in order that they may be rushed to the hospital.
The cost of this app using the two-wire expansion is reduced, researchers stated.