Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Predicting cardiovascular disease

Creating cardiovascular diseaseWith cardiovascular diseases being the leading cause of death in the western world, German researchers have managed to predict the likelihood of a cardiovascular patient having a heart attack, stroke or arterial occlusion within three months.  Ultimately, this knowledge may help with targeted preventative measures.

The team examined over 2,500 patients with heart or chest pains between the ages of 57 and 79.  Blood samples were taken to test for the concentration of pregnancy-associated plasma protein A (PAPP-A), a protein found in the blood serum of pregnant women.

The results showed that all patients who suffer a heart attack, stroke, arterial occlusion or die within 90 days following the first examination, revealed a larger PAPP-A concentration in their blood serum than patients without.  The study also found that BMI, the sex or type of underlying disease does not have any influence on the concentration of the protein.  The study’s results indicate that PAPP-A concentration is a strong, independent biomarker which can be used for helping to predict the probability of cardiovascular disease in those already with heart issues.

Reference: www.charite.de

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