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Saturday, December 16, 2017

These five tests better predict heart disease risk -- ScienceDaily

The five tests, and the information they provide:

    A 12-lead EKG provides information about hypertrophy, or thickening of the heart muscle.
    A coronary calcium scan, a low-radiation imaging test, identifies calcified plaque buildup in the arteries of the heart.
    A blood test for C-reactive protein indicates inflammation.
    A blood test for the hormone NT-proBNP indicates stress on the heart.
    A blood test for high-sensitivity troponin T indicates damage to heart muscle. Troponin testing is regularly used by hospitals to diagnose heart attacks, but high-sensitivity troponin fine-tunes that measure, pointing to small amounts of damage that can be detected in individuals without any symptoms or warning signs.


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