BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A museum exhibit may have saved the life of a North Carolina man.
The Times-News of Burlington reports that Boyd Hudson used a "Listen to Your Heart" exhibit at the Children's Museum of Alamance County last month.
Boyd placed both hands on the brass hand prints in front of a large drum. Sensors recorded his pulse and translated it for the drum, which then beat in time with it.
A tiny screen displayed the beats-per-minute in red numbers at the bottom. A normal, resting heart rate will stay steady, somewhere between 70 and 100 beats-per-minute. Hudson's pulse jumped back and forth erratically.
Boyd was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke, heart failure and other complications. He's now undergoing treatment.
Information from: Times-News, http://www.thetimesnews.com