Can smartphones help improve heart attack treatment?

From Reuters:

Smartphones, social media and crowdsourcing all have the potential to help people get faster, better treatment for heart attacks and strokes, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).

Because they’re so widely available, these tools might be able to address some of the biggest challenges in emergency cardiac care, like patients’ failure to recognize symptoms and bystanders’ inability to help at the scene, the AHA said in a scientific statement published in Circulation.

“Stroke and heart attack are time-critical – outcomes are directly related in many cases to how quickly a patient’s symptoms were recognized and addressed,” said coauthor Dr. Raina Merchant, of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

Digital tools can reduce the time it takes to get therapy started, Merchant added by email.

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