UConn Researchers Has Come Up with New Device to Test Blood Viscosity

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Along with the graduate student Kostyantyn Partola the UConn engineering researcher George Lykotrafitis developed a new device to test an important indicator of heart health called blood viscosity.

Blood play very important role in the heart health, so specialist regularly checking for some signs that lead to an issue such as unusual cholesterol level. The routine blood tests can screen for a few sorts of dangerous cardiovascular occasions. Be that as it may, less consideration has been paid to blood thickness.

The Thick or sticky liquids such as honey have high viscosity whereas thin watery liquids have low viscosity. The higher viscosity may signal potential problems in the case of blood, so to pump sticky blood the heart needs to work harder. The thick blood implies organs and tissues get less oxygen and may make harm the coating of veins because of the expanded grating as blood goes all through the body.

As per the research, the expanded blood consistency was fundamentally more predominant in patients who experienced heart assaults and strokes contrasted with patients with bringing down blood thickness.

An associate professor of mechanical engineering and co-inventor, Mr. George Lykotrafitis said, “We were very surprised that there is no commercial option to quickly and simply check this critical piece of information”. Further, George added, “The research shows there is a connection between blood viscosity and cardiac events, and the equipment exists to test it, but not in a practical or efficient way. We decided to try to solve the problem”.

So the researcher Lykotrafitis and student Kostyantyn Partola has come up with a small electronics device to measure blood viscosity at some certain point of care.

Partola said, “Our technology really is plug and play, but the impact is significant”. Further, Partola added, “With this information, doctors can suggest simple lifestyle changes on the spot to prevent their patients from having a stroke or heart attack”.

The manner by which device work is: A clinician puts a blood onto a little card of plastic containing a microchannel after that the blood wicks into the microchannel flows through the groove. At the point when the microchannel card is put on a phase between a light source and a photodiode identifier the device measures to what extent it takes the blood to go through the microchannel. After some specific period of time, an advanced screen shows a consistency perusing that demonstrates whether the patient is at lifted hazard for cardiovascular occasions.

After the completion of the test, the microchannel card is discarded and exchanged with a new one.