App to Predict Heart Attacks Like EKG

Apps and Software

A new app called STEMI can effectively determine a particular heart attack / Photo by Production Perig via Shutterstock


The detection of objects or events that can be fatal to the human body is a valuable service. Whether it is because of a person's excessive drinking or smoking that causes problems in their kidneys or lungs, the medical industry's methods of detecting these  issues help society invest in and develop safeguards against harm. One of the most fatal problems the body can endure is heart failure, or heart attacks -- the occurrence of which may even blindside a patient and lead to their death. There is good news, however. A new app is going to be released very soon, with the same capabilities as an Electrocardiogram (EKG) heart monitor. Civilians will now be able to obtain an EKG on their phones.

This new study by the American Heart Association (AHA) found that the new app has nearly the same effectiveness at determining a particular kind of heart attack called STEMI, which occurs due to a blocked artery, as an EKG machine that a person would normally be attached to in a hospital or medical facility. While a lot of people may not even know that they're having a heart attack or may not think it’s that serious, STEMI must be treated quickly to prevent disability or fatal consequences. As J.Brent Muhlestein, MD, states “The sooner you can get the artery open, the better the patient is going to do. We found this app may dramatically speed things up and save your life.” This app will be placed on an Apple Watch 4, so that it can use the two contact points to monitor the user’s heart and determine if the user is still in good health.

The app is still not available, although talks of the app coming out were discussed by the AHA during the 2018 Scientific Session.