Routine blood test could predict risk of heart attackPosted: Updated:
A simple blood test may predict the risk of heart attack, stroke and even death in patients with heart disease, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Researchers followed nearly a thousand patients for almost 4 years and found that high levels of a specific protein in the blood indicated which patients were in the greatest danger. Patients with the highest levels of the protein were three and a half times more likely to have problems - or die - than patients with the lowest levels.
The test is not recommended for the general population, but researchers say it will help identify which patients with heart disease are candidates for more aggressive therapies.