For many people today suffering a heart attack is more than likelihood. Many have to live day by day fearing a heart attack will snick out on them when they’re least expecting it. And the fear of that happening is a huge burden alone, not to mention the limitations such a risk implies. A new study comes to help people fearing they will suffer a heart attack find exactly how close are to such an event. Scientists seem to have developed a test that predicts heart attacks ahead of time.
When talking with your physician during your regular check up you must have noticed that his or her main piece of advice is related to the prevention of any health disorder you might be at risk for. Prevention involves several aspects, but the most important is checking your health on a regular basis and informing your physician if you find yourself experiencing symptoms that may concern you.
When it comes to heart attacks and heart disorders there’s not much that can be done to pin point the exact moment when it will happen. But a new study might have found the solution to help your physician figure out exactly how close you are from suffering a heart attack.
Dr. Eric Topol, professor of genomics, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and lead author of the study, explains that the main issue today is not having a test that will show physicians “whether an artery’s going to crack, the precursor to a heart attack”.
But as his study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, shows physicians are one step closer to save more heart patients. The research found that the cells inside our blood vessels hold the key. When these endothelial cells begin to build up in our blood, this is usually indication there’s something wrong. At the moment endothelial cells have build up sufficiently they cause a crack in the artery wall which in return results in a blood clot. As physicians state, that’s the cause behind a heart attack.
Topol adds: “When they [endothelial cells] start to leak and slough off into the blood, that’s a really bad sign. They do that over the course of a few days to a couple of weeks before a heart attack occurs”.