Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Saturday, January 24, 2015

New heart attack test could save women's lives

A new cheap blood test doubles the chance of spotting hidden heart attacks in women.

Doctors believe it will save many lives by identifying damage to heart cells that they would otherwise have missed. Existing checks are good at picking up cardiac trouble in men suffering chest pains, with a diagnosis rate of 19 per cent. However the rate for women is only 11 per cent. The new test, which is much more sensitive, produces a 22 per cent rate for both sexes. Patients whose heart attacks are not detected are more likely to have further - potentially fatal - episodes because they are not given the correct treatment.

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New heart attack test will save thousands of women

Source: Daily Mail Online

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