Scientists developed a blood test that will help doctors determine which patients with coronary heart disease are at the greatest risk of heart failure or a stroke.
The new test is very important. It will allow doctors to take proper measures and prolong patients’ lives. It should be mentioned that in England only, 110,000 people die from coronary heart disease.
The blood test was developed following a study of 987 men and women. The study revealed that the patients who died of stroke or a heart attack had elevated levels of a certain protein. The new test was made to detect the protein, known as NT-proBNP. NT-proBNP occurs in blood when the body is making high levels of the hormone BNP, which happens when the heart is stretched or stressed.
The levels of both the hormone and the protein jump when the heart is over-expanded by too much blood volume, or damaged by lack of blood flow.
Patients with highest NT-proBNP levels were found to be eight times more at risk of having a cardiovascular event or dying than those with the lowest levels.
The new blood test is to help doctors identify patients at the highest risk, so that they could act accordingly and prescribe more aggressive therapies and prioritise treatment between different patients. The test should also be used to encourage the patients to take care of their health by reducing their cholesterol and blood pressure.