25 September 2012
A combination of blood tests could be used to identify 'silent' forms of heart disease, the findings of new research have established.
Scientists based at the University of Dundee reached their conclusion after undertaking blood tests in 300 people deemed to have high blood pressure or cholesterol.
During their analysis, the researchers concluded that positive tests were often linked with patients who had suffered damage to their heart at an early stage.
In fact, 102 of the patients who had a heart scan for the study were found to have developed a form of 'silent' heart disease.
Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director of the British Heart Foundation, commented: "The study shows that a blood test, coupled with a simple heart scan, may be able to identify these early signs of heart disease.
"The next steps will be to confirm how reliable the tests are, and show that early treatment of people who test positive can improve their outlook."
'Silent' heart disease causes low-level damage to a person's heart but the condition does not have any obvious symptoms.
Posted by Philip Briggs
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