New findings have identified a blood test which could predict heart attack or stroke weeks prior to their occurrence (Photo: Shutterstock)
Normal circulating endothelial cells from a healthy subject (left) and abnormal circulating endothelial cells from a patient having a heart attack (right) (Image: Scripps Research Institute)
Roughly two and a half million Americans suffer a heart attack or a stroke each year. About 20% of these - half a million people - die in the aftermath. The proximate cause for both heart attack and stroke is a blood clot in the wrong place - a blood clot that could be prevented or minimized by anti-clot therapy IF physicians knew that an attack or stroke was expected shortly. New findings from a research study led by Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) has identified a new blood test which has the promise of predicting heart attack or stroke weeks prior to their occurrence.
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