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.

Body of Emotions

We know that emotions are connected to physiological changes in our bodies. But have you ever wondered how your body feels the emotions we constantly experience? What if you can map each emotion you feel on your body? Here’s a look.

Just in case you thought that emotions were only felt in an unknown, intangible realm, you’re mistaken. A new research carried out by the Aalto University in Finland showed that our bodies feel the sensations of emotions regardless of our culture, nationality, language and religion. This is because the whole mind-body connection is biological and linked to our very drive for survival.

So when the last time your partner kissed you “good morning” and gave you a loving look, where is it that you actually felt the ‘I’m in love’ emotion? Whether it is butterflies in stomach (anxiety) or the puffin up of the chest (pride), these emotions are universally associated with certain bodily sensations. Based on where these emotions are felt inside our bodies, Finnish researchers mapped the emotions that the body went through. Continue reading Body of Emotions