According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “many people with heart disease do not act on early warning signs.” The longer a heart attack goes undetected, the greater the damage to the victim’s heart. A device developed in Israel could radically change how we detect heart attacks by making the process simpler, quicker and cheaper. 

Emil Katz, founder and CEO of Israeli medical products company Novamed, has developed a device called SensAheart, roughly the size of a USB stick, which tests a drop of blood for antibodies that are produced in the event of a heart attack. The test can identify heart attacks that have occurred as recently as an hour ago, or as long ago as several days. Existing blood tests can take up to six hours to deliver a result. 

I waited five minutes for the result of my test. Moreover, Dr. Chaim Lotan, director of the Heart Institute and Cardiovascular Division at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem, discovered that SensAheart is more accurate than the current available test. The device is available in Europe and Israel, but not yet in the U.S.