Could this alarm be the way forward when it comes to saving people from potentially-deadly heart attacks? It very well could be.
The Irish Independent reports that cardiologists have designed a new heart attack ‘alarm’ that can warn wearers of an impending attack with a series of beeps or vibrations so they can seek medical help before the attack happens.
According to experts, the majority of heart attack victims do not actually have any of the common early warning signs such as chest pain or a pain in the left arm. In fact most people just experience a mild discomfort.
The result of this is that many people either ignore their symptoms or seek help when it is too late. Action is crucial when it comes to heart attacks and in many cases, a delay to get help could prove to be fatal.
However, all of this could be a thing of the past thanks to the AngelMed Guardian System. It is hoped that this device will manage to cut the death rate from heart attacks significantly because of its ability to alert the wearer to get help quickly.
Experts believe that this could help sufferers to get to the hospital maybe two hours before the attack occurs. This would mean a reduced chance of death or damage to the heart.
So how does it work?
Well basically the device monitors any changes to the electrical signals that are being sent out by the heart. If there are any changes that indicate a heart attack may be on the way, the device makes a beeping noise or vibrates to get the attention of the wearer.
“This device alerts you as soon as any evidence of myocardial ischaemia or heart attack begins, this giving you precious minutes to hours to get to a doctor and get help,” said Dr Robert Wlodarczyk, the principal investigator of the heart attack alert trial to test the device.
“For every 30 minutes that you wait, because you don’t know you’re having a heart attack, your death rate increases by 7.5 per cent,” he said.
“This device is designed to cut that time and possibly save 25 to 30 per cent more lives,” he added.
The AngelMed Guardian System has already received approval for sale in Europe, but due to the cost of the machine and the fact that surgery is needed to implant it, it is suspected that only people who have either already had a heart attack or who are at risk of one, will be given the device.