Blood Test Could Help Determine Risk of Suffering a Heart Attack
The outcome of a heart attack is dependent on several factors—some of which includes the amount of damage to the heart, other underlying health conditions, and how quickly the patient seeks treatment. Of course, it would also help to know if someone is at risk of having a heart attack.
Researchers from The Scripps Institute in California have developed a blood test that may help determine if a patient is at risk of suffering one. So far, the results are promising.
The researchers believe that when plaque begins to build up in the arteries, it causes endothelial cells to enter the bloodstream. They note that endothelial cells in the bloodstream may be associated with heart attack. By identifying the presence of endothelial cells, it may indicate a patient’s risk.
The procedure, High-Definition Circulating Endothelial Cell (HD-CEC) assay, has been successful in detecting heart attack patients. When compared to healthy patients, patients who suffered a heart attack had higher levels of endothelial cells circulating in the bloodstream.
Now researchers would like to begin evaluating the effectiveness of the test to detect patients in early stages of heart attack.
Disability Benefits for Patients with Heart Disease
There are certain conditions that might elevate risk of a heart attack. Examples include individuals with a history of heart disease, diabetes or heart failure. The elderly are also at an increased risk. Those who do survive a heart attack will sometimes fully recover. But others could be permanently disabled.
If this happens, it could prevent the person from continuing to work. As a result, the individual may qualify for Social Security disability benefits provided he or she meets other program requirements. For assistance filing a claim, learning if you are eligible or to appeal a denied claim, don’t hesitate to contact Disability Help Group at 1-(800)-800-3332.