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New Blood Test May Detect Patients at Risk of Heart Attack

admin - February 6, 2014

Learn about heart disease screening.

What if it was possible to know ahead of time if you were going to suffer a heart attack? A new “fluid biopsy” technique has been developed by researchers at Scripps Research Institute in California that can do just that. Using biomarkers in the bloodstream, the test helps to identify patients who are at a high risk for heart attack.

Published in Physical Biology, the procedure has been named High-Definition Circulation Endothelial Cell (HD-CEC) assay and tests patients for levels of endothelial cells in their blood. These cells line artery walls and are pushed into the bloodstream as plaque builds up and ruptures. Eventually these cells and others clump and block up the heart, causing a heart attack. Because endothelial cells are not found in the blood of healthy individuals, researchers believe that detecting them in the blood is an indicator of high heart attack risk.

The study was conducted on 79 patients who had recently suffered a heart attack along with 25 healthy patients. The HD-CAC test required a small blood sample and proved that only the patients who had experienced a heart attack had elevated levels of endothelial cells in their blood stream.

Due to its high success rate, researchers hope that the test will become highly predictive of heart attacks in the future, since in its original testing it correctly identified healthy patients from the heart attack patients 100% of the time.


Early Heart Attack Detection

Tests such as this are extremely helpful when it comes to early detection of heart attack risks. We believe that the power of prevention is essential to a long and healthy life. While we do not currently use this blood test as a part of our heart disease screening, here is a list of what our screening entails:

  • Complete Lipid Panel Screening (High Cholesterol)
  • C-reactive Protein Screening
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
  • Glucose Screening
  • High Blood Pressure Screening

If you have any warning signs or if you know that you have some of the risk factors associated with an increased risk of heart problems, you may want to consider heart disease screening.  If you are unaware of potential risk factors please read the list here.

Life Line Screening provides preventive health screenings for heart disease to help those at risk detect problems before they lead to life-threatening consequences. Learning where you stand with your heart health is the best way to work towards a healthier life.


5 Comments so far
  1. Eileen Flanagan - February 10, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    I’ve been with Life Line for many years. I would like to attend one of your local testing sights. Do you ever have one in Frazier Park, CA? It is not far from me. “Taft, Ca” is too far away for me.

  2. Joelle Reizes - February 12, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Eileen – thank you for choosing Life Line Screening as your partner in health care. You can check our website for upcoming screening events near you by entering your zip code at and then clicking the “Get Started” button below. There are several upcoming screenings in Bakersfield, CA – it should be about half the distance you were traveling to Taft. Please feel free to give us a call if we can help you set up a screening: 877.237.1272.

  3. Jane g. Shafer - February 25, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Where do I get this test? You have me in your file
    Jane G. Shafer

  4. Joelle Reizes - February 28, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Hi Jane- We currently do not offer this test. Since the study pertains to a new test, it may not be widely available yet. We do offer other heart disease screenings, which you can read about and sign up for here if you’d like to learn more about your heart health:

  5. Londoncardiovascularclinic - May 19, 2014 at 2:44 am

    Wao , it is very fantastic . Its because this is really a great invention in the field of health . Hence ,it will be very helpful for us. Thanks for nice post.

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