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New quantum technology could help diagnose and treat heart condition

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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a heart condition that causes an irregular and abnormally fast heart rate, potentially leading to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. While the causes of AF are unknown, it affects around one million people in the UK with cases predicted to rise at a great cost to the NHS. Currently, AF is commonly diagnosed using an electrocardiogram (ECG), but this can only be done during an episode, so complementary means of diagnosis are needed. […]

“We’ve achieved a phenomenal level of sensitivity in an unshielded, room temperature environment, which brings us a lot closer to bringing this technology to the clinic. It was only possible by using quantum technologies and we are excited about the potential applications for improving clinical outcomes of atrial fibrillation.” The team envision an array of their quantum sensors that can be placed over the heart, giving readings in a matter of seconds. The next step is for the team to collaborate with clinicians to integrate the technology into a tool for use in GPs surgeries and hospitals. […]

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