Can aspirin prevent heart attacks? This device may know the answer
Today, if researchers want to know how well a drug like aspirin works at preventing heart attacks, the traditional approach is to test that drug on as many people as possible and try to consider a variety of contributing factors, such as age, gender, race and heart health. But a prototype microfluidic device being tested at Georgia Tech could enable researchers to instead run a sample of a patient's blood through artificial arteries and, instead of estimating how well the drug should work in most patients, determine exactly how well it works in that very patient's body.
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