Scientists have recently developed a brand new smartphone app that is likely to identify patients with risk of heart attack.
The app will have the capacity to help doctors calculate if a cardiac patient could suffer a heart attack within the next three years and also gauge the severity of their condition.
This app was developed by the Edinburgh University and Massachusetts University. The app will also help patients into deciding the treatment that will suit them the most.
According to a report, “The app analyses a patient’s heart rate, blood pressure, kidney function, severity of original attack and history of heart failure to get an accurate assessment of the potential risk of repeat heart attack and the type of treatment required.”
The pioneer on developing the app, Professor Keith Fox, British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiology at Edinburgh University says, “Before we developed the app, this kind of diagnosis could only be done in a hospital. Now with the app, a paramedic can do it outside a hospital.”
Fox further says, “One in five patients is likely to die within five years of their initial heart attack, so identifying those most at risk of a repeat heart attack means we can better tailor treatments to the individual and prevent further attacks. We can also avoid unnecessary aggressive treatments for those less at risk.”
The app draws upon data from the Global Registry of Coronary Events (GRACE) which includes details of more than 100,000 heart attack patients in 14 countries over ten years, including 3,700 patients in Scotland and Belgium for over five years.
A paper on the technology was presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Amsterdam.
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