New skin patch could provide early warning for strokes and heart attacks


    The new ultrasound patch, monitors blood flow, making it easier to identify cardiovascular problems early on.

    Knowing how much blood flows though a patient’s blood vessels at any given moment can help clinicians diagnose various cardiovascular condition, including heart valve problems, poor circulation in the limbs or blockages in the arteries that could lead to heart attacks.

    The innovative piece of engineering can be tilted at different angles and be steered to different areas of the body that are not directly under the patch.

    Sheng Xu, who led the study, said: “This type of wearable device can give a more comprehensive, more accurate picture of what’s going on in deep tissues and critical organs like the heart and the brain, all from the surface of the skin.”

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