Finally, there is good news for those haunted by the thought of a heart attack. Researchers have found that a new blood test can help predict the chances that a person has of getting a heart attack. The researchers can by way of the blood test let a person know when he/she is at a high risk of developing a heart attack. The blood test will detect the person’s risk of getting a heart attack by studying the circulation of endothelial cells in the blood.
A person, who goes through or has gone through a heart attack, will have larger CECs that are misshapen and has more nuclei compared with CECs present in healthy adults. The researchers stated that if the test shows accurate results, a heart attack can be predicted over two weeks in advance.
Director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, Dr. Eric Topol, said that the ability to develop a forthcoming heart attack has been considered a great achievement in the history and existence of cardiovascular medicine. The study was conducted by doctors and researchers from the Scripps Translational Science Institute, Palomar Health.
The fact that a lot of people suffer from fatal heart attacks motivated the study. According to the researchers, some of the symptoms of an imminent heart attack include pressure, chest pain, nausea, dizziness and shortness of breath. The study was conducted on 50 people, who had had a heart attack earlier and healthy adults, who had not had a heart attack. The researchers concluded by stating that the blood test would be the ideal test that can be performed during emergency to find out if a person is on the verge of having a heart attack or has the risk of having a heart attack in a couple of weeks.
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