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Pioneering heart link in Tenerife ambulances 

Patients who suffer a heart problem on Tenerife are in even safer hands, thanks to new equipment in emergency ambulances.

At the moment, it affects the north area but the Canary Urgency Service (SUC) hopes to roll it out to the rest of the island.

The electrocardiograms allow immediate diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction by cardiologists in the hospital and reduces the time of treatment application.

The system has been developed with the help of the University Hospital of the Canaries and the first phase takes in 18 health districts.

This system works through a portable ECG transmission device that communicates via mobile phone with the cardiologist on duty at the HUC and the health coordinator SUC present in the operating room of the Coordinating Center of Emergency and Security 1- 1-2.

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the world and, within these, acute myocardial infarction is one of the most frequent and dramatic.