According to The Heart Foundation, it is estimated that close to one million Americans are going to experience a heart attack this year. Unfortunately, the majority of these are going to strike without warning. Researchers from the Scripps Research Institute in California claim that they have devised a blood test that will help predict if an individual is at high risk of having a heart attack.
How Does The Heart Attack Blood Test Work?
Led by Professor Pet Khun, the research team states that there is currently no viable way to predict the occurrence of a heart attack in patients across the country. This medical discovery should change the way people undergo treatment for prevent heart attacks in the future.
The test itself works quite simply – after blood work has been completed, the test will identify “endothelial” cells in the blood. According to the researchers, it is these cells that are responsible with ongoing heart attacks. By accurately determining their frequency and quantity, doctors will be able to take more educated leaps towards predicting and preventing a heart attack.
Are Endothelial Cells Bad?
Researchers claim that endothelial cells will enter the bloodstream when disease starts building up inside of the arteries. These are essentially responsible for causing inflammation and ulcerating within the arteries, not to mention, they can lead to blood clots and eventually a heart attack. So, what can be done about these cells?
The newly-created procedure is referred to as “HD-CEC” (High-Definition Circulating Endothelial Cell). With it, researchers were able to identify endothelial cells in their samples from over seventy different patients who had already suffered heart attacks and some who didn’t. In short, the test was able to successfully separate those patients who had heart attacks from the ones who didn’t.
Basically, patients who had suffered a heart attack in the past had a much higher level of endothelial cells in their blood than the healthy patients. And to further concrete their findings, additional research had been conducted which included the identification of circulating tumors in patients who were diagnosed with cancer.
Professor Khun’s Final Thoughts
When interviewed, Professor Kuhn went on to add that the goal of these experiments were to determine and establish evidence for the fact that endothelial cells are much more prominent in unhealthy patients than healthy ones – which his research definitely concluded.In fact, the results were so precise and significant that he believes that he can already take the next step to create a test that helps identify the early stages of a heart attack.
Keep in mind that this isn’t the only research team attempting to establish a primary way of detecting a heart attack. In fact, researchers at the University of Edinburgh are attempting to accomplish something similar. Either way, new medical technology continues to emerge across the medical industry, creating more opportunities for people to evaluate their health and prevent health risks.