Clinical Applications: Cardiovascular
Rapid, Accurate Cardiovascular Event Diagnosis: a Critical Challenge
Cardiovascular disease accounts for about 33% of all deaths in the developed world, placing a major burden on our current healthcare systems. The seriousness and scale of the problem have driven governmental agencies and medical bodies to designate it an urgent priority and to determine ways to quickly diagnose and treat cardiac events in order to avoid unnecessary deaths.
In fact, the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry has recommended a 1-hour maximum turnaround time (TAT) for reporting the presence of key cardiac biomarkers such as troponin. The recommendation places pressure on medical teams and on onsite labs to develop even more streamlined techniques to diagnose cardiac events. Currently, central workstations are still a fixture for processing tests or input results, delaying results and keeping medical teams from making informed treatment decisions during a critical time window.
Micropoint Point-of-Care CV Testing Systems: Speeding Diagnosis
The development of rapid, accurate cardiovascular point-of-care tests such as those available from Micropoint are serving to cut turnaround times from hours to minutes and avoid the time-consuming process of transporting and assessing samples using centrifuge and other equipment. Additionally, these microfluidics-based tests have enabled quick and cost-effective testing to migrate from the hospital to the clinic and bedside.
POC testing from Micropoint is now used by cardiologists to help in early and critical identification and stratification of patient risk. Micropoint’s mLabs® BNP, NT-ProBNP, and Troponin I tests are available for point-of-care administration and can improve diagnosis, minimize use of invasive procedures, and improve patient management for such conditions as heart failure, stroke and pulmonary embolisms.
Digital Health Record Integration
The ability to integrate the test results from bedside or wireless handheld testing systems into a hospital or clinic’s digital record system is key in saving time and reducing healthcare costs. Specialists and nurses alike will have rapid access to patient test results in order to better manage patient care.
Heart Failure (HF)
Heart failure happens when the heart cannot pump enough blood and oxygen to support other organs in the body. Heart failure is a serious condition, but it does not mean that the heart has stopped beating.
Myocardial Infarction (MI)
A myocardial infarction, or heart attack, occurs when a part of the heart muscle doesn’t receive enough blood flow. The more time that passes without treatment to restore blood flow, the greater the damage to the heart muscle.
Venous Thromboembolisms (blood clots)
Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
A pulmonary embolism is a blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in your lungs. In most cases, pulmonary embolism is caused by blood clots that travel to the lungs from the legs.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, usually in your legs. Deep vein thrombosis can cause leg pain or swelling, but may occur without any symptoms.
Early detection, diagnosis
Assessment of severity
Rule out myocardial infarction
Diagnosing, monitoring treatment effectiveness
Assessment and evaluation
Assessment and evaluation