New blood test and the prediction of heart attack

“Journal of the American College of Cardiology” has announced that a new blood test significantly increases the chances of detecting heart disease, and helps in the early detection of heart disease. A new blood test is much more successful than the previous standard diagnostic methods like nuclear stress testing and ECG, and in 90% of cases successfully diagnosed coronary obstruction, and helps doctors to prevent heart attacks.

The new test is developed by Prevention Inc. in collaboration with scientists from the Massachusetts General Hospital. The new blood test is actually a multi-protein blood test, which revealed coronary artery disease that may require invasive treatment to prevent a heart attack. Dr. James Januzzi, a cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor of medicine at Harvard University led this project. Unlike previous standard diagnostic methods that analyzing single protein from the blood, a new test analyzes multiple proteins and at the same time with the help of algorithms detects coronary artery disease, and also provides for a one-year risk of heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular death. The scientists in the study tested more than 900 patients for the presence of 70% obstruction of the arteries, and new test is 90% successfully diagnosed coronary obstruction, and instructs doctors to the possibility of a heart attack in the future. Besides being very accurate, a new test is fast and delivers results in just two hours. Also, previous standard diagnostic methods like nuclear stress testing and ECG could give inaccurate results in women and obese people, and nuclear stress testing exposed patients to ionizing radiation. It is not negligible fact that the new test will contribute to large financial savings, since the previous tests are very expensive.

Dr. Januzzi emphasizes that with the help of better tests that early diagnose and predict the possibility of diseases, doctors can start early with therapy, and patients can change lifestyle habits to successful preventive react on the occurrence of heart attack.

 

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http://www.qmed.com/mpmn/medtechpulse/how-new-blood-test-could-forecast-heart-attacks