London: Scientists have developed a new cardiac vest that can diagnose heart attacks as soon as they happen, a feat they say could lead to new and effective ways of treating heart patients. Conventional electrocardiograph (ECG) technology, which has been around for the past 60 years, has its limitations and patients have to face delays of up 12 hours for blood testresults, during which continuing damage may be done. But the new cardiac vest, developed by a British company, can give doctors detailed information within minutes about whether a patient is suffering an attack and where within the heart the problem is situated, the researchers said. UK`s Bradford Royal Infirmary will be the first hospital in world to use the revolutionary cardiac vest, which contains 80 sensors attached to a patient`s chest and back. If trials of the new "Heartscape" device are successful, sufferers could be diagnosed up to 12 hours earlier than usual, the researchers said.
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