Heart test to detect mental illness

Posted on April 21, 2014

A RADICAL new medical test will measure patients' heart rates to determine if they have a mental illness.

The test, which has been ­developed by Australian researchers, could be in use by mid-2015.

Development of the groundbreaking technique was led by West Australian psychiatrist Dr Stephen Addis, whose team uncovered distinct patterns in the heart rate data of depression sufferers as well as those suffering with other mental illnesses, such as anxiety and panic disorders.

"It will have a significant impact on the early identification, diagnosis and treatment of a chronic disorder that afflicts over 350 million people worldwide," said BioProspect CEO, Claude Solitario.

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