Florida Patent on Medical Device May Be Boon for Heart Patients
In the case of a heart attack, a few minutes can spell the difference between life and death. Now, a new medical device can be produced that can cut minutes or even hours off the time it takes to begin life-saving treatment. The Florida Department of Health has announced the award of a James & Esther King Biomedical Research Program grant of $99,942 to help fund the development of a device that will allow for rapid detection of heart attack in patients who experience chest pain or other symptoms commonly associated with this condition.
When a person suffers a heart attack, certain proteins are released into the bloodstream at elevated levels. The new device, which is under a U.S. patent, will use magnet technology to separate these "cardiac markers" out of a small blood sample, allowing for much quicker measurements than was previously available.