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Study – New Test Could Predict Heart Attack

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming some 800,000 lives each year, says the Center for Disease Control (CDC). What if a new test could help predict if a patient was at great risk of suffering a cardiac emergency?

According to a new study, researchers at Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) have detected oddly-shaped blood cells (known as circulating endothelial cells (CECs) in heart attack patients, which could prove reliable indicators of an impending heart attack.

“The ability to diagnose an imminent heart attack has long been considered the holy grail of cardiovascular medicine,” said Eric Topol, the study’s principal investigator and director of STSI.

While risk factors have long been identified, such as smoking and obesity, it cannot predict a heart attack before it happens.

At this time, doctors are only able to test to detect if a patient is currently experiencing a heart attack or recently suffered one.

Read more about the STSI Website. The report – published in the journal Science Translational Medicine can be downloaded here (PDF).

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