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Severe Heart Attacks Better Detected with New Device

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A new device can detect severe heart attacks in more patients, leading to better diagnoses and faster treatment, according to new research. The new 80-lead electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG), PRIME ECG, can give physicians a broader reading of the heart muscle than the traditional 12-lead ECG. The increased number of the leads means some can be applied to the patient’s front and back across the patient’s chest to give a clear picture of the entire heart.

The University of Cincinnati’s emergency medicine associate professor Gregory Fermann has studied the device for the past two years.

From the trials conducted on 1,830 patients from 11 medical centres across the country, the PRIME ECG in an emergency department setting provided a 27.5% increase in the detection of ST-elevation myocardial infarction, the study said.

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