Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Friday, January 9, 2015

New blood biomarkers predict future cardiovascular disease

A Finnish blood screening technology has uncovered four new biomarkers that improve the prediction of the risk for heart attack or stroke within the next 15 years. The blood profiling technique may eventually help doctors to identify those people who would benefit the most from early treatment.

An international research team led from Finland has discovered new blood biomarkers that improve prediction of the risk of cardiovascular disease. Blood samples of 13 441 apparently healthy people from Finland and the UK were screened for 68 biological markers. The health status of these volunteers were followed for over a decade. The researchers looked for measures in the blood that could reflect who had suffered a heart attack or a stroke within the following years. Four biomarkers were indicative of future cardiovascular disease risk independently of known risk factors.

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Source: Circulation, the American Heart Association’s flagship journal

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