Scientists at King’s College London have developed a new blood test that quickly and accurately measures the probability of a heart attack. The team of scientists working on the project includes an Indian scientist as well. It may be recalled that the general practice is to analyze an individual’s electrocardiogram (ECG) to detect chances of heart attack. However, this technique is not as accurate, as can be seen from the huge number of people who die due to heart attacks, even when they had visited the hospital and already undergone an electrocardiogram (ECG).
The revolutionary new blood test to detect potential heart attacks works by utilizing the cardiac myosin-binding protein C. This protein is extremely sensitive and it can detect 0.07 mg per 0.00002 per cent of damaged heart muscle. Speaking on the development, Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation Professor Nilesh Samani said, “This new test could transform the way we diagnose heart attacks, improving the sensitivity and ensuring that heart attacks are not missed when troponin levels in the blood are extremely low.”