New app transmits EKG info to emergency rooms - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

New app transmits EKG info to emergency rooms

Paramedics may be able to get vital information about heart attack patients to the hospital faster, thanks to a new app.

It's not available yet, it's still experimental, but this app takes an image of a patient's EKG result and sends it to emergency room doctors within six seconds.

Traditional methods of sending this information could take up to minute. And here's why those seconds count. If that attack is caused by a blood clot, those patients need certain medication within 30 minutes. So researchers say getting EKG information to doctors for a faster decision would save a lot of lives.

More than 200,000 people each year suffer this deadly type of heart attack in which a clot stops blood flow to the heart.

The app under study by the University of Virginia was presented at a scientific session of the American Heart Association.

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