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US researchers use biomarker blood test to reveal heart disease risk

November 12, 2019

Researchers collected data of approximately 13,000 individuals from three notable patient populations, including multiple ethnicities.

They found that around one-third of adults suffering from mild hypertension, not recommended for treatment, had higher levels in one of the two biomarkers, indicating that those patients were more likely to suffer from heart attacks, strokes, or congestive heart failure over the next decade.

UT Southwestern Medical Center internal medicine assistant professor for preventive cardiologist Parag Joshi said: “We think this type of test can help in the shared decision-making process for patients who need more information about their risk. These blood tests are easily accessible and are less expensive than some other tests for risk assessment.”