Something to look forward to, another use for your cell phone, it can send a text message on your behalf in case of a heart attack by using Blue tooth technology. Add a little GPS functionality and this may end up being a real winner to help find your location as well.
WEDNESDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- A new device linked to a user's cell phone can text message an alert to a local hospital, warning staff that the patient is about to suffer a heart attack. The trick is getting medical help quickly enough.
That's where the new device comes in. Reporting in the International Journal of Electronic Healthcare, Thulasi Bai and S.K. Srivatsa from Sathyabama University in Tamil Nadu, India, have developed a wearable cardiac "telemedicine" system for post-cardiac patients.
The prototype Bluetooth heart monitor periodically records an electrocardiogram (ECG) of the wearer's heart and transmits the information via radio frequency signals to his or her modified mobile phone. If signs of imminent heart failure are detected, the phone analyzes the ECG signal and sends a message via the SMS text service to the nearest medical center.
This device was designed to give patients who have already had one heart attack a much greater chance of receiving life-saving treatment within the so-called "golden hour" -- the period during which it is most important to receive medical care.