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Blood test predicts long-term heart disease survival

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The risk of death from chronic heart failure can be predicted years in advance with a simple assessment of blood plasma, according to Italian scientists.

Sapienza University’s 15-year study of 106 outpatients with chronic heart disease found that several biomarkers present in blood can identify people at highest risk of death over the long term.

The level of atrial natriuretic peptide in the patients’ blood plasma was found to be the most accurate predictor of long-term survival.

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