New Simple Blood Test, Could Rule out Heart Attacks
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have found that high levels of troponin spell danger while low levels of the protein suggest that there is no imminent threat.
Scientists in Edinburgh have discovered that measuring the level of a specific protein in a person’s bloodstream can predict whether a person is actually at risk of having a heart attack, according to the Telegraph.
Traditionally, medical professionals flee a range of troponin checks over three to really 24 a lot of time.
“A faster, more accurate diagnosis of whether chest pain is caused by a heart attack would be better for patients”, Jeremy Pearson, a professor at the British Heart Foundation, told the BBC.
There will be occasions when symptoms of chest pain and ECG are not enough to confirm a heart attack.
In order to rule out a heart attack, patients often are kept in the hospital for 12 hours or more waiting for test results, causing stress and costing money.
The researchers followed the progress of tested blood samples of around 6,000 patients confined to several hospitals in the United States and Scotland.
The investigators found that 61 percent of the patients with a troponin level below 5 ng/L were at very low risk of Michigan and could have been discharged early, regardless of age, gender, and risk factors for cardiovascular disease. To do this, patients must be admitted to the hospital or wait for a long time in the emergency department for repeat testing.
Using the test in routine practice could save patients from spending many hours in the emergency department, say the authors, led by a team from the University of Edinburgh in the UK. “In the last few years, this has become a go-to test to determine heart attacks”, says Cardiologist L. Krishna Mohan from Century Hospitals. There’s been no quick-fire way to rule out a heart attack until now, with services only able to detect whether a heart attack has already happened or not.
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