Smart­phone de­vice that per­forms blood tests

Daily Trust - - HEALTH -

Re­searchers have cre­ated a smart­phone de­vice that can per­form blood tests - a cre­ation they say could “im­prove the qual­ity of life” for people un­der­go­ing treat­ment for the preven­tion of blood clots. The for­ma­tion of blood clots in the ar­ter­ies and veins can in­crease the risk of heart at­tack and stroke. In­di­vid­u­als at high risk of blood clots are of­ten treated with an­ti­co­ag­u­lants - drugs that thin the blood and pre­vent the clot­ting process. How­ever, an­ti­co­ag­u­lant ther­apy re­quires pa­tients to un­dergo fre­quent mon­i­tor­ing of blood flow in the hospi­tal. Fur­ther­more, if a per­son takes the wrong dosage of an­ti­co­ag­u­lants, this can cause car­dio­vas­cu­lar prob­lems rather than help re­duce them. With this in mind, re­searchers in Switzer­land have cre­ated a de­vice that could al­low pa­tients un­der­go­ing an­ti­co­ag­u­lant ther­apy to self-mon­i­tor.

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