Now, a test that predicts heart attacks

This could be a revolutionary test as early predictions would allow you to take measures to keep your heart fighting fit
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This must rate as one of the most heart-warming piece of news in medical science in recent times, because it has the potential to make heart attacks far less effective.

A new blood test has been developed that can accurately identify individuals at a very high risk of a heart attack. This means, if diagnosed as high risk you could take immediate steps to remedy the situation much before a heart attacks gets you.

The Scripps Research Institute, California, has come up with this test. It relies on a “fluid biopsy” technique that flags specific cells called endothelial cells (CECs) in the bloodstream linked to heart attacks. It also successfully distinguished patients undergoing treatment for a recent heart attack from healthy individuals.

Called the HD-CEC test (High-Definition Circulating Endothelial Cell test), it is basically an endothelial cell watchdog. These specific cells, which line artery walls, are linked to ongoing heart attacks when circulating in the bloodstream. They are apparently found in plaque blockages in blood vessels and when they rupture, it causes inflammation in the arteries leading to blood clots that trigger heart attacks.

The accuracy of the test was proven when researchers checked blood samples of 79 patients who had experienced a heart attack and compared them to 32 healthy persons. It showed CECs were elevated in the heart attack patients.

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