There is a simple blood test that seems to be extremely good at ruling out heart attacks in individuals who are rushing to the emergency room experiencing chest pain. That is always a major worry for patients and has become a large health issue for the public.
A research study done in Sweden discovered the unassuming blood test along with having the customary electrocardiogram of the heartbeat were 99 percent correct in showing just which people were able to go home safely instead of having to be admitted to the hospital for observation and have to endure even more tests.
There were almost 9,000 individuals who were deemed as being low risk for a heart attack by the blood test and ordinary electrocardiograms. Out of those there were only 15 people who did suffer a heart attack in the following month, but not a single person died from the event.
Dr. Nadia Bandstein, who works at the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm, explained that researchers believe with this approach, at least 20 to 25 percent of hospital admissions for chest pain just might be sidestepped. She was the lead physician in the study, which was printed up in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Chest pain caused at least 15 million people to rush to the ER across the United States and Europe every year, and many times it happens to be pain from indigestion, anxiety or some other less severe medical episode than a heart attack. However physicians do not ever want to miss even one of nearly two percent of patients who actually are suffering from heart attacks.
People may get a feeling of reassurance if they are admitted to the hospital so they can have an eye kept on them, but that causes the chance of getting some sort of infection and also going through also of high priced medical tests they will be indebted to.
The research study included almost 15,000 individuals who had gone to the Karolinska hospital experiencing chest pain. Around 9,000 scored low on a very sensitive blood test that checks for troponin. That is a chemical which shows up when there has been damage to the heart. The test has been accessible in Canada, Europe and Asia around three years now, but it has yet to become available in the United States. Testing for troponin levels has been done in the U.S. for years but it is not as considered nearly as good as this new Ultra Sensitive Troponin test.
The patients were around 46 years of age on the average and nearly five percent had endured prior heart attack. Just over 20 percent were admitted after being tested.
Researchers later followed up to see how the blood tests and electrocardiograms predicted how people would do over the following month and were extremely pleased with the results. U.S. physicians are hoping that the blood test will be available in the States soon but that the quantity of evidence that supervisors are wanting in order to approve it are much too high. They are hoping these will lessen so the blood test can get into ER’s all across the country as soon as possible.
A simple blood test has been found that seems to be extremely good at ruling out heart attacks in individuals who are rushing to the emergency room experiencing chest pain.
By Kimberly Ruble