Blood Test Detects Danger Before A Heart Attack

The ability to predict and prevent a heart attack before it happens could save countless lives. As it is, 50 percent of men and 64 percent of women who die of a heart attack had no previous symptoms of heart disease. Now, a new blood test, gives doctors hope that one day they’ll be able to detect heart trouble before an attack. The test looks for endothelial cells in the blood. Endothelial cells normally line the insides of blood vessels but they start to slough off into the blood stream a few days or weeks before a heart attack. The blood test hopes to measure the level of cells in the blood stream as a way of predicting heart trouble before it’s too late. More here.

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