(AUSTIN, Texas) – Doctors may soon be able to detect heart disease in patients who show no symptoms, according to the Press Association.
The new blood test is designed to read levels of a protein called cardiac troponin T (cTnT) that previously were too low to be detected.
Researchers at the University of Texas used the test to screen 3,500 individuals, and obtained a positive reading from a quarter of those screened. Those with a detectable level of the protein are seven times more likely to die from heart disease.
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