Imagine a world where everyone can check their own health anywhere, anytime. Today we have vast knowledge on diseases and are constantly developing new remedies for these. However, few people have personal access to medical devices that could warn us of developing conditions and direct us to seek necessary medical care. In other words, we have the technology to identify diseases, but it is inaccessible to most of us most of the time, even in developed countries – not to mention people of the third world.
At Precordior we are developing new methods to detect two serious diseases of the heart: atrial fibrillation and heart attacks.
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a heart rhythm disorder of the atria, which affects approximately 2% of the global population and causes up to 40% of all strokes worldwide. The normal beat of the heart is managed by a sophisticated electrical control system, which matches the heart rate with physiological demands and ensures that the four chambers of the heart contract and relax in time with one another to maintain a steady and efficient rhythm to pump blood. In AFib, the electrical signals that trigger contraction of the heart’s main pumping chambers are disrupted, allowing clots to form where the blood moves too slowly. The blood stream can then carry these clots to vessels in the brain causing blockages that result in a stroke.
In addition, more than three million people worldwide suffer or die from serious heart attacks (ST elevation myocardial infarction, STEMI) every year. It is of utmost importance to seek medical attention as soon as the attack begins, as lack of oxygen will quickly begin to destroy muscle tissue of the heart. A common belief is that a heart attack is so sudden and severe that there is no question of whether to call for an ambulance immediately. However, in many cases, the patient may be suffering a heart attack at home for hours, indecisive of whether to react, or perhaps waiting for suspected harmless heartburn to pass by. Indecision and unnecessary waiting could have dire consequences, as any delay in getting to the hospital may prove fatal.
Chief Scientific Officer