TYLER, TX (KLTV)
A new medical device could alert people that they are about to have a heart attack, even if they are not experiencing any symptoms.
The AngelMed Guardian monitors the patient's heart and sends an alert if there are any abnormalities.
This device is in clinical and experimental studies right here in East Texas.
"I've actually had five bypasses and about two, three months ago I had a heart attack with a stint; they put a stint in," said Billy Davidson.
According to doctors, Davidson is a perfect candidate for the AngelMed Guardian System , an implanted device that alerts the patient if it detects abnormal heart activity.
"What we're trying to do with the AngelMed device is to reduce the amount of time from symptom to onset or lack of symptom onset, until the patient actually reaches the hospital to get acute care," said Greg Murphy, Director of Clinical Research at Tyler Cardiovascular Consultants.
"The symptoms is what you don't pick up most the time. When I had the last one, I went through pretty much the whole day without any symptoms," Davidson explained.
It is a problem medical professionals hope this device can fix.
"The device doesn't care what symptoms you have. It is reading the electrical signal within the heart, so it's giving you an accurate representation of what's going on if there's an ischemic event within the heart," Murphy said.
When the device vibrates when it detects abnormal activity. It also sends audio and visual alerts to a pager the patient carries at all times.
Davidson is the first ETMC patient and one of the few in Texas to try out this new device, but he says if it has the potential to save a life, then it is worth the risk.
"I'm feeling good, I'm feeling good. Luckily, it hasn't gone off, but I'm ready I guess if it does."
This device is available through the Tyler Cardiovascular Consultants. To find out if you are eligible, call 903-595-5514.