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Heart attack 'leaves cellular trace'

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Posted in Medicine on 11th Jan, 2014 05:45 AM by AlexMuller

Patients who have a heart attack have unique cells floating in their blood, say US researchers. Their study on 111 people, published in the journal Physical Biology, could spot the difference between healthy and heart-attack patients.

 
They are investigating whether testing for the cells can be used to predict those about to have a heart attack.The British Heart Foundation said it was unlikely to change practice in the short term. The team, at the Scripps Research Institute in California, looked for circulating endothelial cells in the blood of patients.
 
Fatty plaques build up on the walls of blood vessels and can ultimately rupture, releasing fragments of the plaque into the bloodstream. This can block the flow of blood in the vessels around the heart and cause a heart attack.
 
During this process endothelial cells were also released into the blood, the researchers said.
 
Tests in 79 patients after a heart attack were compared with 25 healthy people and seven having treatment for diseased blood vessels. One of the researchers, Prof Peter Kuhn, said: "The goal of this paper was to establish evidence that these circulating endothelial cells can be detected reliably in patients following a heart attack and do not exist in healthy controls, which we have achieved.
 
"Our results were so significant relative to the healthy controls that the obvious next step is to assess the usefulness of the test in identifying patients during the early stages of a heart attack."

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-11
+2
This could be a useful diagnostic test - providing that they now make a clear link between circulating cells and hearth attack. The test could be quite easy as just seems to require a blood sample. Good idea
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-11
+1
I think that an effective tool for predicting a heart attack would make a massive difference to patients. This may be a very good way. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-11
+1
This is important. Heart attacks are the biggest killer in the Western world and there is no prior warning, the first time people know about heart disease is when they have a heart attack. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-11
+0
A few months go I found another report about a different way to identify approaching hearth attacks. It suggests that a new way of scanning the heart can identify those who may be at high risk of a heart attack. It can identify dangerous plaques in the arteries
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-11
+0
The next big step is to find out If they can treat and stabilise the plaques-hen they might be able to prevent heart attacks and stop people dying. This would be great Reply
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