New blood test offers early detection for heart disease

Information for this post was taken from an article by ABC News. To read the full article and watch the accompanying video, click here.

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The new test measures for presence of the protein cardiac troponin T (ctnt)

A new blood test might offer early detection for heart disease risk, even if people do not have symptoms of heart disease. This according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The test has been approved in Europe, but has not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. James de Lemos, associate professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern and lead author of the study, is optimistic about the test’s potential.

“The main takeaway here is that there is a new test that can detect microscopic injury to heart muscle cells. The test looks quite powerful and we’re optimistic that it will help in the future. I think this study is really going to resonate with doctors who are interested in prevention.”

Cholesterol, blood pressure, and glucose levels have long been measurements of heart disease. Pending FDA approval, we’ll soon be adding the protein cardiac troponin T to the list.

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