Zenosense, Inc. (ZENO) Developing Handheld Diagnostic Device for Cardiac Emergency Triage

April 30, 2018 11:38:49
  • Every 43 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a heart attack
  • Over six million patients visit U.S. emergency rooms reporting chest pain each year
  • Chest pain symptoms can be hard to diagnose in emergencies but are vital to assessing for heart attack
  • Zenosense’s handheld device aims to give first responders rapid, highly sensitive analysis of heart biomarkers

Each year, well over six million patients visit emergency rooms across the United States reporting chest pain. Most of these patients are not suffering from an acute myocardial infarction (AMI/heart attack), but they are a major burden on emergency departments, with billions of dollars spent on unnecessary admissions annually. When a suspected heart incident occurs, usually after a chest pain complaint, emergency responders turn to an immediate ECG, complemented by blood tests for the cardiac markers troponin I or T, to diagnose AMI.

The troponin element of diagnosis is problematic. When troponin levels from damaged heart muscle rise rapidly after AMI, the challenge is early detection when levels are very low. High sensitivity tests are required. These high sensitivity troponin tests have been in use in other parts of the world for over…

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