Blood test can predict heart attack, research suggests

03/23/2012 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) ·

A new study aims to address "the greatest unmet need" in cardiology, according to Dr. Eric Topol, lead author of a study in Science Translational Medicine that explores the use of a blood test to predict heart attacks. The method involves tracking endothelial cells in the bloodstream, which are much more abundant in patients whose artery walls are damaged. The researchers compared blood samples and determined that endothelial cells were not only present in higher numbers but also had distinctive characteristics in heart attack patients compared with healthy individuals.

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