By KYW Medical Editor Dr. Brian McDonough
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A new, simple test that can be done at home might help save the lives of people with irregular heartbeats.
According to a new report in the journal Neurology, a simple physical examination tool used by many physicians can also be used by patients as well.
Researchers in Germany studied 200 people who had a stroke to see if their pulses predicted the presence of atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat that can be detected by checking your pulse.
According to the their report, when doctors and their family members tried to find atrial fibrillation in the pulse, they were successful 96-percent of the time. When relatives of stroke victims administered the test, they were able to detect it 77-percent of the time. For patients self measurements, they were 54 percent sensitive.
The bottom line is it’s not an expensive test. It’s teaching people how to recognize the irregular pulse and then to do something about it.
- Father, Daughter Share Special Bond Over Life-Saving Transplant
- Mother Plans To Sue Saudi Arabia After Losing Son On 9/11
- 6-Year-Old, Caught In Hail Of Gunfire, Back Home With Family
- Battle Over Revolutionary War-Era Building Could Go To D.C.
- President Obama Says He Respects Colin Kaepernick’s Rights In Anthem Protest
- Police Shoot, Kill Man Believed To Have Stabbed Children In Violent Rampage
- Future Of Cable And Internet? In Philly This Week, It’s Right Around The Corner
- Group Of Breast Cancer Survivors Pens Book To Empower Others
- App Promises To Help You Find The Perfect Sperm Donor
- Study: Racial Bias Might Start As Early As Preschool