SHAANXI, China – Scientists at several universities have developed a paper strip test that will allow heart failure patients to monitor their disease at home.
The fluorescent strip works with a smartphone-based reader (the UC-LFS platform) to identify the two antigens responsible for indicating progressive heart failure. A study on the platform was successful.
“The developed UC-LFS platform is demonstrated to be highly sensitive and specific for sample-to-answer prognosis of heart failure, which holds great potential for risk assessment and health monitoring of post-treatment patients at home,” said Feng Xu, one of the authors of a recently published paper on the study, in a statement.
The test uses 10 microliters of sample blood. Patients can use an accompanying app to analyze the information and send results to their physician.
“Comparing the results from (the U.S. Food & Drug Administration)-approved clinical methods, we obtained a good linear correlation, indicating the practical reliability and stability of our developed UC-LFS platform,” said Xu.