Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) remains a leading cause of mortality worldwide. Myocardial infarction occurs when a diminished blood supply to the heart becomes overwhelming. This decrease in blood supply for an extended period results in irreversible damage or death. The American Heart Association recommends that all regular cardiovascular screening tests should begin at age 20. Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death across the globe but also one that can be found and cured if patients take the time for screening examinations.
Infectious diseases pose a lethal threat to a large population of the globe. Doctors are often confused by the multitude of infectious diseases with similar symptoms. Without proper diagnosis, precious resources are wasted and treatment delayed.
In Latin America, the reemergence and dramatic increase of Dengue fever claimed 1.5 million victims in 2010 alone. In the case of Malaria, an estimated 4 in 100 pregnancies are affected by the disease. Malaria infection during pregnancy can cause maternal illness and poor birth outcomes. Worldwide, 2 billion people have been infected with hepatitis B, with an estimated 1 million deaths each year from the virus and its complications. Most people who are infected with hepatitis B are unaware of their infection and can unknowingly pass the virus to others through bodily fluids. Often people become infected with the hepatitis B virus during childhood and between 5–10% of the adult population is chronically infected. These are just several examples of the many infectious diseases which plague many developing nations around the globe.
Food safety is always a concern, with contagious and often dangerous outbreaks occurring annually. Preventive testing is always the best defense against food borne illness. Patient testing is the next level of defense and aides in containing the spread of
illness. With rapid and accurate testing, healthcare workers can diagnose and treat patients faster. This decreases the risk of transmission.