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Israel Develops Pocket-Size Device to Test for Heart Attacks

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Many people don’t seek out medical help after experiencing symptoms of a heart attack. A new Israeli device is making tests for heart attacks easier and quicker.

“Time is muscle. We know the heart muscle can live without blood for four to six hours, so if you are opening the artery after four hours, there will be a lot of damage to the heart,” said Dr. Chaim Lotan, director of the Heart Institute and Cardiovascular Division at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem. “If you open the artery early, you can save a lot of muscle.”

But a device developed in Israel could radically change how we detect heart attacks by making the process simpler, quicker and cheaper. It is the brainchild of Emil Katz, founder and CEO of Novamed, a life-sciences company that makes medical products, who was alarmed at how quickly a number of his friends suddenly died from heart attacks.

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