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B. Designing The EKG Of The Future

Narrator: This is Science Today. A new way to use an electrocardiogram may greatly improve the outcome of heart attack patients. Barbara Drew, an associate professor in nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, came up with a converter which attaches to a traditional 3-view electrocardiogram and comes up with nine more views of the heart.

Drew: If the heart gets into trouble, that shows up on the electrocardiogram but you need to look at a lot of views of the heart in order to be sure that you spot it.

Narrator: There's also talk of using this EKG converter to monitor patients in the ambulance.

Drew: Could that be by telephone, transmitted to the emergency department so that the doctors and nurses could see what trouble the heart was in and have things all ready to go. We have a saying that time is muscle, meaning that for every second and minute that ticks by where the artery is closed, more of the heart muscle is damaged and that damage is irreversible.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.