Birmingham entrepreneurs launch remote heart health screening service

Posted on 21 July 2017 (Permalink)

Birmingham entrepreneurs Abdullah Sabyah and Floriane Rousse-Marquet are launching a remote heart health screening service through their company Rightangled Diagnostics. 

The unique screening service provided by Rightangled was developed and tested at the BioHub Birmingham®, the University of Birmingham’s bioincubator facility for high growth life science start-up companies. 

It is the first product to emerge from the innovation incubator, which was opened at the Birmingham Research Park in 2015.  The University set up the facility as a launch-pad for entrepreneurs to make their project in the sciences real.

Rightangled’s Heart DNA screening service aims to remove the constraints around accessing qualified specialists by linking patients, heart specialists and genetic screening in a remote, online service. 

A report is provided by the cardiologist who reviews the results of the screen together with a questionnaire asking about lifestyle and family history – which is often the spur for concern about heart health. 

This report is not intended to replace a personal consultation with a doctor, and people whose screen shows up areas of concern are advised to take the report to their own doctor, where the report could be used to inform decisions on treatment and lifestyle changes.

Abdullah Sabyah, who founded the company with Floriane Rousse-Marquet, said:  “Often people know that there is a family history of heart problems, and this drives a very real concern about unidentified hereditary risk factors, which play a large part in determining your heart health.  It is important to realise that these measures, if taken in advance, can reduce these risks in most cases to near-normal.” 

The service delivers a personalised report based on a cardiologist’s assessment of a lifestyle questionnaire and a screen of 96 genetic markers which can help uncover how an individual’s DNA is impacting heart health and how their genetics may alter their body's response to certain diets, nutrients and medications.