Heart attack: to know if you are at risk, a blood test will suffice

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In the future, a simple blood sample may be enough to know whether or not you are at risk of a heart attack

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The heart attack hits suddenly and people realize sometimes too late what is happening with consequences in some cases fatal. The future, however, could be different, a research group promises that a blood test will be enough to understand if the person is at risk of heart attack or not.

The study, conducted in collaboration between the University of Uppsala, the Karolinska Institute of Stockholm and Colorado State University, thanks to a blood sample taken from 3.600 volunteers, was able to identify a fat molecule (monoglyceride) present in the plasma that would be able to indicate whether that person is more or less prone to cardiovascular problems, in particular to coronary arterial pathologies, considered a very high risk factor for future heart attacks.

The state of health of the volunteers was held under control for 10 years it's theirs blood that has undergone several tests, the result of the most modern molecular medicine techniques. Thanks to this it was possible to verify that monoglyceride is an important marker for coronary heart disease risk in population samples of different ages, sexes, etc. So the researchers consider what they have reached a reliable and certain result, they are also convinced that thanks to their discovery, in the future it will be possible to assess the risk of heart attack case by case using a simple blood test.

The research was published in Plos Genetics.



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