Faster detection of myocardial infarctions

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POLIKUM uses a novel ECG diagnostic system for the first time

(lifepr) Berlin, 05.10.2010 – ((lifepr) Berlin, 5 October 2010 – Every day across the nation, people with acute chest pain are admitted to hospitals. When a myocardial infarction is suspected, the proper diagnosis may be a life-saving one. Classification of the symptoms  and proper diagnosis by the general practitioner or private-practice cardiologist on the primary care level play a crucial role in this process.

Yet, currently used diagnostics show potential gaps in accuracy. A myocardial infarction or damage to the heart may be present, although the electrocardiogram (ECG) and biomarkers in the blood show normal findings. Now, there is a new,  easy-to-use diagnostic method that allows primary-care physicians to detect potential myocardial infarctions faster in outpatient settings. Cardiologists at the Friedenau POLIKUM Health Centre are the first to use this novel ECG unit equipped with  cardiogoniometry (CGM) in an outpatient setting in the Berlin metropolis.

„Since July 2010, we have been using this system in our outpatient department. As an enhancement to the previous ECG recorders, it allows for a more sophisticated diagnosis,“ Dr. Marc Oliver Grad, Head of Cardiology at POLIKUM, explained. A study presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Stockholm, showed that cardiogoniometry is capable of detecting myocardial infarctions earlier and with higher sensitivity than previous methods, and thereby, enables doctors to initiate further diagnostics and therapy more promptly. The first clinical monitoring project we conducted demonstrated very reliable diagnostic consistency. Thanks to this method, we can offer our patients clear benefits in medical care. I‘ll be very intrigued to see whether the additional evidence also confirms that even past cardiological events – like ischemic memory – can also be detected more effectively.“
Cardiogoniometry is a method that produces a spatiotemporal analysis of ECG data. The device is called the „CARDIOLOGIC EXPLORER“ and operates with five electrodes in an orthogonal system orientated along the heart‘s axis. Without stress for the patients, the data are recorded and automatically analysed within 12 seconds. Initial study results indicate that CGM is a readily available, supplemental method for early diagnosis of acute chest pain and myocardial infarctions.
Carola Bräuer
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