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.