A smartphone app can now help in detecting potentially fatal heart attacks. Scientists from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, US have created this app that works with near to accuracy as an ECG and enables quick medical intervention.
The ECG delivered by the AliveCor app administered by the smartphone through a two wire attachment accurately distinguishes between STEMI (ST- Elevation Myocardial Infarction, a serious form of heart attack where the artery gets totally blocked) ECG and non-STEMI ECG compared to the standard 12-lead ECG.
The 12-lead ECG is important in accurate diagnosis of heart attack that happens in different parts of the heart. The two-wired system of AliveCor can be moved all around the body to get the required leads. The ECG can be recorded on spot and uploaded to the cloud for a quick review of the cardiologist. In case, there is any STEMI, the patient can be rushed to the hospital.
The price of the app is low making it accessible for anybody using a smartphone or smartwatch especially in places where ECG machines are not available easily.
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