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US researchers have found oddly-shaped blood cells in heart attack patients, indicating that a blood test could help predict whether a patient is at risk of an imminent cardiac emergency.
The study by the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) found that the endothelial blood cells from heart attack patients are abnormally large and misshapen, sometimes appearing with multiple nuclei.
That could make them reliable indicators of an impending heart attack, according to the study published this week in Science Translational Medicine.
“With some additional validation, the hope is to have this test developed for commercial use in next year or two,” said researcher Raghava Gollapudi.
“This would be an ideal test to perform in an emergency room to determine if a patient is on the cusp of a heart attack or about to experience one in the next couple of weeks.
Originally posted by mkpetrov
Or just another excuse to give you more poisonous pills whether you need them or not. Just like AIDS. Practically they are predicting whether you will develop it (There is no test for AIDS, not even for HIV - only HIV-antibodies).