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Blood test can predict severe cardiac events

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A blood protein test accurately predicts the risk of heart attack, heart failure, stoke and death in patients with cardiovascular disease, according to new research.

A blood protein test accurately predicts the risk of heart attack, heart failure, stoke and death in patients with cardiovascular disease, according to new research.

Of 987 patients with stable coronary heart disease, those with the highest levels of NT-proBNP were 3.4 times more likely to suffer a cardiac event or death than those with the lowest levels.

The protein is a marker for BNP, a hormone that goes up in times of cardiac stress.

Journal of the American Medical Association (2007) 297:169-176

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