Heart Attacks Could Be Diagnosed with a Thermometer-Like Device.
Scientists have developed a simple, thermometer-like device that may help healthcare providers diagnose heart attacks with minimal materials and cost. The technology works by detecting a protein called troponin, which rises when blood is cut off from the heart and the muscle is damaged. Current methods to detect this protein are expensive and often not practical for point-of-care in low and middle-income countries where up to 75% of cardiovascular disease-related deaths occur.
Analytical Chemistry, April 2015