New Blood Test May Detect Patients’ Risk of Heart Attack
Recently, a study out of Sweden seemed to support these findings. Although the study involved nearly 15,000 patients, researchers focused on 8,900 patients who had no signs of heart damage caused by a reduction in blood flow and undetectable levels of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T – a chemical signal in the blood. The researchers believe that when this chemical signal is absent and there is no sign of reduced blood flow, the risk of a heart attack over the next month is low.
Out of the 8,900 patients who met these guidelines, only 39 suffered a heart attack within 30 days. And 15 of them showed no signs of heart damage. The researchers found that 99.8 percent of the patients weren’t at risk for heart attack and 100 percent weren’t at risk of death. This is even after considering the length of time the patients experienced symptoms and other heart disease risk factors.
The researchers believe that combining this blood test with an electrocardiogram would prevent between 500 and 1,000 unnecessary hospitalizations each year at their hospital alone. That would keep beds open for patients who are truly in need of them.
Despite additional evidence showing potential of a blood test detecting a person’s risk of heart attack, Dr. Robert Glatter of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York indicates that the accuracy of the test needs to be validated with additional studies, according to HealthDay. He also points out that a small number of patients did in fact suffer a heart attack in the month after their test results.
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