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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Cardiovascular Research: New test predicts sudden cardiac death ♦ One in five people will develop heart failure ♦ Thermometer-like device could help diagnose heart attacks

New test predicts sudden cardiac death in hemodialysis patients A new test has been developed to predict sudden cardiac death in hemodialysis patients in whom such forecasts were previously impossible. The novel method uses a combination of nuclear medicine, C-reactive protein and electrocardiogram.
One in five people will develop heart failure One person in five is expected to develop heart failure in developed countries, a disease with no cure but which is largely preventable.
Chest strap heart rate monitor Scientists have developed a novel chest strap device for the long-term monitoring of patients with heart and circulatory problems. What is special about the new system is that it records an electrocardiogram (ECG) of the wearer. It is also self-moistening, which is essential for reliable signal monitoring
Thermometer-like device could help diagnose heart attacks Diagnosing a heart attack can require multiple tests using expensive equipment. But not everyone has access to such techniques, especially in remote or low-income areas. Now scientists have developed a simple, thermometer-like device that could help doctors diagnose heart attacks with minimal materials and cost.

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