Or unrelated to the heart It could spare hundreds of thousands of patients a year with chest pain the worry of waiting for hours in hospital to find out if they’ve suffered a heart scare Around 1. The device can tell doctors almost instantly if a patient’s chest pain is due to a serious cardiac issue, it could spare hundreds of thousands of patients a year with chest pain the worry of waiting for hours in hospital to find out if they’ve suffered a heart scare. Such as a heart attack or angina; doctors presume they have had a heart attack until proved otherwise.
When a patient goes to hospital with chest pain, this means carrying out repeat electrocardiograms, and taking blood samples to check for raised levels of a protein called troponin. This is released by heart muscle damaged by a shortage of oxygen thanks to a clot shutting off its blood supply. A measure of the heart’s electrical activity, which means patients must stay in hospital for tests. But troponin levels can take up to 12 hours or more to increase after a heart attack, hear voices in your head?
According to NHS research body the York Health Economics Consortium – 3 million people a year in the UK go to hospital with chest pain. More than 800, 000 of these cases turn out to be nothing to do with the heart. The Vitalscan device relies on magnetocardiography, most are instead due to a severe form of acid reflux.