Cheap blood test that can predict your risk of a heart attack TEN YEAR is approved in advance by the health watchdog
- A & Es already uses troponin tests to see if the patient has had a heart attack
- But the health watchdog Nice has now approved it as a predictive test
- The tests have proven to be 100% accurate in scientific studies
Stephen Matthews Health Editor for Mailonline
An inexpensive blood test can accurately predict the risk of an adult to have a heart attack from a decade.
Doctors in A & E units in the UK already use troponin tests to investigate whether a patient has had a heart attack.
But the health watchdog, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), has now approved it as a predictive test.
Doctors in A & E units in the UK already use troponin tests to investigate whether a patient has had a heart attack
The tests, which have been proven to be 100% accurate in scientific studies, are included in the accelerated access program of Nice.
This accelerated the tests, which means that they could be rolled out in the NHS in the coming years and offered in the midlife APKs.
The current 10-year prediction of the heart attack is based on a tool called QRISK, which lists various risk factors, including lifestyle, age and weight.
But the recently approved test measures for proteins in the blood are called troponins, released by damaged heart cells.
Professor Nick Mills, a researcher at the University of Edinburgh who led the tests, praised the effectiveness in an interview with The Times.
He said: "The technology to measure troponin in the bloodstream is so good that it is no longer just useful to measure in people with major heart injuries.
It is still possible, and very well, but now it can measure troponin in everyone it tells us more about than whether you had a heart attack or not.
It tells us more about your heart health. & # 39;
Sir Nilesh Samani, medical director of the British Heart Foundation, praised the Nice movement.
He said the charity hoped that physicians would sooner use this simple test to identify people with a higher risk of heart attack.
Experts hope that the test will offer thousands of middle-aged adults a wake-up call when it is finally added to the free NHS midlife APK.
The midlife MOT & # 39 ;, which was launched in 2009, was confronted with criticism because it could not demonstrate that it improves health or saves a significant number of lives.
But if the new troponin-based tests are added, this can improve the accuracy of the tests, which are offered every once every five years to adults between 40 and 74 in the UK.
Professor Mills told The Times: "Even if this is not yet part of everyone's health control, it might happen in the future."
It comes after a study from the University of Texas in August that the simple blood test was safe and effective.
Cardiologists behind the trial showed that they did not miss heart attacks with the test in the study of more than 500 people.
WHAT CAN TROPONIN LEVELS MEET IN THE BLOOD TOW?
By measuring cardiac troponin levels in the blood, doctors can diagnose heart attack or other heart conditions more effectively and provide immediate treatment.
In healthy people, the troponin levels are low enough to be undetectable.
If you have experienced chest pain, but the troponin level is still low 12 hours after the onset of chest pain, the risk of heart attack is unlikely.
High levels are an immediate red flag. Troponin levels can increase within three to four hours after heart damage and can remain high for up to 14 days.
Troponin levels are measured in nanograms per milliliter. Normal levels fall below the 99th percentile in the blood test.
If the results of troponin are above this level, this may be an indication of heart damage or a heart attack.