£20 heart attack test could save thousands

21 January 2015

Twice as many women could be saved by a novel test for heart attacks, a new report claims. The new, more sensitive blood tests examines the body for tiny traces of a protein that indicates the heart muscle has been damaged.

The researchers from the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh show that standard tests, which only pick up high levels of this protein, misses many women who are in danger of having cardiac arrest.

With patients suffering a heart attack, early diagnosis and intervention is crucial, with doctors often relying on blood tests to determine whether or not a patient with chest pains is about to suffer cardiac arrest.

Published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), the study saw 1,126 men and women who had been admitted with a suspected heart attack. Using the standard test, nearly twice as many men as women were diagnosed with cardiac arrest. However, the more sensitive test saw the number of females having a heart attack double.

Posted by ​Phillip Briggs 

 

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