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A simple blood test predicts a heart attack 10 years ago



LONDON (Reuters) – A simple blood test can predict a heart attack ten years ago by examining a level of highly sensitive protein in the blood called trubonin, which is ruled out if the heart is damaged, according to The Times.

"This premature predictive test was approved by a blood test, while the current prognosis of heart attacks depends on lifestyle, age and weight," said journalist Kat Lai.

The paper quoted a physician from the heart and a scientific researcher at a scientific exercise at the University of Edinburgh who led the Nick Mills experiment to say that troponin levels can be used as a measure of heart health more directly than the tools currently in use.

The technology used to measure the proportion of troponin in the blood has become sophisticated (Reuters)

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The technology used to measure the ratio of troponin in the blood has become sophisticated, indicating previous infections of heart attacks or seizures, as well as confirming heart health in general.

Dr. Nils Samani, medical director of the British Heart Foundation, said he hoped doctors would be able to "use this simple test soon to identify people more likely to have a heart attack."

Sir Samani called for further research in larger patient groups to confirm the value of troponin.


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