27 mar, 2018.

Scientists have developed a new mobile application that can detect atrial fibrillation that causes strokes.

The mobile application can save lives all over the world as timely diagnosis of atrial fibrillation is crucial for effective stroke prevention.

– The results are also significant in that the group included different kinds of patients, some of whom had heart failure, coronary disease, and ventricular extrasystole at the same time. The research was conducted as a blind study, which means that the hospital sent us measurement data for analysis without any additional information, says Project Manager Tero Koivisto from the Department of Future Technologies.

According to the study, published in the journal Circulation, the application has been under development for quite some time—it took seven years of careful research to achieve it.

Detecting atrial fibrillation has been a worldwide medical challenge for years, but affordable solutions available for all have been lacking.

“Most smart phones have an accelerometer. As nearly everyone has a smart phone, we decided to develop a simple application that could be used in the detection. In the future, everyone who owns a smart phone can detect atrial fibrillation,” said Koivisto.

“If everyone can measure with an ordinary smart phone whether they have atrial fibrillation, we have the possibility to direct patients straight to the doctor and further testing without any delay. Therefore, the potential for economic savings is significant,” Airaksinen said.

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Via: www.utu.fi

 

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