Phoning in heartbeats

New device uses a smartphone to collect and email data on heart rhythms

By Sid Perkins, 15:00 PM May 22, 2012

When a heart attack strikes, every moment counts. Yet victims must wait for doctors to diagnose the cause and the severity of the problem before they can prescribe or start any specific treatment. It soon, however, may be possible for data from a detailed heart exam to reach the hospital even before the patient arrives. It’s all thanks to a nifty piece of electronics designed by Catherine Wong, a 16-year-old 11th-grader atMorristownHigh School inMorristown,N.J.

When a heart beats, it trig...

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